Jackie Parker, BDC Manager at Patriot Subaru, Named the Autobytel June 2014 Dealer of the Month

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Autobytel Dealer Awards Program honors exceptional dealers for outstanding Internet lead management and customer service standards.

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IRVINE, Calif., July 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq:ABTL), pioneer of the automotive Internet and the company dedicated to connecting automotive consumers with dealers, has named Jackie Parker, BDC Manager of Patriot Subaru in Saco, Maine, the Autobytel Dealer of the Month for June 2014.

The company's Dealer Awards Program honors exceptional #ABTLDealerStars who employ the highest standards in customer service and Internet automotive retail sales and lead management processes. The Autobytel 2014 Dealer of the Year Award is slated to be announced in January 2015 at the NADA Convention & Expo in San Francisco – when Autobytel officially celebrates its 20th Anniversary – with the crowning dealer chosen from this year's pool of monthly winners.

Jackie joins Chad Bravender of Larry H. Miller Honda in Boise, Idaho; John Walters of Lexus of Naperville in Naperville, Illinois; Frank Carrasquillo of Mercedes-Benz in Naples, Florida; and Chris Baughman of Sunset Honda in San Luis Obispo, California – who were named earlier 2014 Autobytel Dealer of the Month winners – in that pool of candidates.

"We're completely impressed with Patriot Subaru's mission of doing the right thing and giving back to the community," said Jeff Coats, President and CEO of Autobytel Inc. "The store is eco-friendly, offers no-strings lifetime warranties on its vehicles, holds numerous charitable events throughout the year, and was named a top dealership to work for by Automotive News and a top place to work by the state of Maine. It's the number one Subaru dealer in the entire state, and we're proud to name Jackie and her team as an Autobytel Dealer of the Month. They deserve it."

Each month, Autobytel's sales and dealer operations teams evaluate prospective candidates from a competitive field of thousands of automotive retailers in the Autobytel network, with a monthly winner selected based on key online automotive best practices. The company launched its Dealer Awards Program at the beginning of 2013, honoring monthly winners throughout the year and in markets throughout the U.S.

Criteria evaluated for the Autobytel Dealer Awards Program include conversion rates, lead management processes, customer service principles, customer and brand retention analytics and Internet department practices, among others.

"Our mission statement is very simple – we serve our customers, our families, our communities, and each other," said Parker. "Every single employee at Patriot Subaru is empowered to make the right decision and to do the right thing. Our goal is to ensure our customers have all the information they need to make a great choice about their vehicle – for themselves and for their families, and we've proven that you can serve your community, be good to your employees, and still be a viable business."

Patriot Subaru serves customers from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, as well as customers as far north as Canada, and as far south as Florida. The dealership won the EPA's Energy Star National Environmental Award, was named a Top 100 Dealership to Work For by Automotive News three years in a row, and a Top Five Best Places to Work by the state of Maine. The dealership also offers an exclusive, no-strings lifetime warranty on all new cars it sells, and many used cars too.

Autobytel consistently ranks as a top quality Internet lead provider, with the company's internally-generated leads converting at approximately three times the rate of the estimated industry average. It was named Top Rated New Car Leads in 2013 by DrivingSales; a finalist of the 2013 DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight Award; both a Power 250 Company and a Major Player in the Used Car Industry by Auto Remarketing Magazine; and # 1 Dealers' Choice Awards in 2012 by Auto Dealer Monthly.

For more information about the Autobytel Dealer Awards program, visit the "Dealer Corner" at http://dealer.autobytel.com. To learn more about the June 2014 Autobytel Dealer of the Month, Jackie Parker, visit http://dealer.autobytel.com/dealer-corner/autobytel-dealer-spotlight-jackie-parker-patriot-subaru/.

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About Autobytel Inc.

Autobytel Inc. provides high quality consumer leads and associated marketing services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States and offers consumers robust and original online automotive content to help them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive internet in 1995 with its flagship website www.autobytel.com and has since helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every major automaker market its brand online.

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CONTACT: Autobytel Inc. Media Relations Splash Media Jennifer Lange 949-916-4820 jlange@getsplashmedia.com or Autobytel Inc. Investor Relations Curtis DeWalt Chief Financial Officer 949-437-4694 curtisd@autobytel.com or PondelWilkinson Inc. Roger Pondel/Laurie Berman 310-279-5980 investor@pondel.com

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