MSN CarPoint Provides Car Owners With Customized Reference Centers for Maintaining Their Cars

REDMOND, Wash., May 31, 2000 — MSN™ CarPoint™ ( ), the leading online automotive marketplace, announced today it has surpassed its millionth registration of a Personal Auto Page, its popular feature that allows drivers to build customized reference centers for their cars.

Drivers who register for a Personal Auto Page at CarPoint can save money on oil changes and tires, monitor the value of their cars, and get detailed information on all their service and maintenance needs. Users simply provide basic information about their vehicle including the make, model, mileage and date of last service checkup. CarPoint maintains their personal vehicle information and provides recall notices and timely e-mail service reminders to help make it easier for them to own and maintain their cars.

“The amazing popularity of the Personal Auto Page feature shows that online consumers want help beyond the car sale; that’s why CarPoint is committed to providing the best car-ownership features on the Web,” said Jeff Dossett, CEO of CarPoint. “Our Personal Auto Page demonstrates how our technology empowers consumers throughout the life cycle of their cars. From giving drivers a place to go to track the changing value of their cars to sending timely news about reliability ratings and safety reports, CarPoint provides consumers with the features and content they need and want, any place, any time.”

The exclusive feature includes tools like the Cost Estimator, which keep drivers informed about their car’s maintenance cost before their service appointment. Users simply enter a description of the needed repair and receive an instant estimate range. In addition, drivers can take advantage of discounts and vehicle information through premier relationships with Kelley Blue Book, Jiffy Lube International Inc., Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and Identifix.

CarPoint is the leading online automotive marketplace, visited by more online car buyers each month than any site on the Web. Browsers, buyers and drivers can research and compare cars of virtually every make and model, identify local dealers, and receive driving instructions for post-purchase service and maintenance.

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