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  1. CraigB

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    Hi everyone, I’m Craig Burris, the Director of Operations at Carfetch.com.

    Thanks for all the comments about the site. We are excited to offer dealers and consumers a new way to search for vehicles.

    The vision of Carfetch is to be the most dealer-centric automotive search engine available. At the same time, we want to give our shoppers an unparalleled user experience by providing a fast, clean and ad-free site.

    As many of you have already noticed, we crawl dealer sites just like a search engine. This does two things: First, we list all dealers inventory for free; second, we give our users the largest selection of vehicles available.

    We started Carfetch to help dealer control the rising cost of SEM and third party sites. Our goal is to drive direct traffic that performs as well or better than SEM at a lower cost. As I mentioned, we list all dealers for free. If a dealer wants more traffic they can set a PPC budget with us and have their inventory featured in search results. Unlike a search engine, we do not make dealers bid on the click, rather all paid clicks are at a fixed cost.

    Since we recently launched, our traffic is still ramping and we are focusing marketing on a region by region basis.

    If you do not see your dealership listed, please shoot me an email and we will get it added.

    I am happy to answer any questions you have about the site, our vision, and suggestions for improvement.
     
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  3. Alexander Lau

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    Hey, you can thank me first, I was the one that posted it and the one that's seeing attribution towards CarFetch! ;-)

    So what do I win??? :hello::hey: jk jk jk

    You do seem like you have a similar model as http://autoweb.com (they were purchased not that long ago, by Autobytel)
     
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    Alexander,

    LOL, you win dinner and drinks next time I am in your area!

    Autoweb, as far as I know, is only new cars and doesn't list actual inventory.

    I know every company says they are different but I really think we are. I do not know of any other site that will list any dealers inventory for free and send 100% of traffic to the dealer's website.

    One thing I am always upfront with dealers about is that we are not a replacement for SEM or traditional third party sites, like Auto Trader and Cars.com. My goal is to help dealers use a percentage of their SEM budget to drive higher quality traffic to their website at a lower cost than non-branded SEM.

    Thanks again and I am serious about dinner and drinks next time I am in Pittsburgh.
     
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  5. Alexander Lau

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    Yes, you are right about Autoweb, it's new cars only, but they had that same SEM tactic.

    Be careful now, I am in Pittsburgh, I see you serve this region and can eat and drink a lot! I reached out via LinkedIn.
    You probably work with Cochran, Day Auto, Baierl, Rohrich, Shorkey and Kenny Ross.
     

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