Latest Threat to Carbuyer Safety: The Evil of 'Curbstoning' Page 2

April 21, 2010

Used car salesman

Their website offers information for consumers, dealers, and municipalities. You can also follow it on Twitter if you like.

All about access to information

The campaign was founded by AutoTec, which sells AuctionACCESS, a product it calls "the automotive remarketing industry standard for managing dealer access to wholesale auto auctions."

In other words, a company that gives cars dealers access to wholesale auto auctions (from which the public is prohibited) wants to make life more difficult for private sellers who compete with its customers.

In the good old days, it cost used-car sellers $15 to $50 for a classified ad, and newspapers were neither searchable nor sortable. Now, Craigslist ads are free, and reach hundreds of millions of people on both sides of the transaction.

Buyers can even exclude all ads placed by dealers, searching only vehicles from private sellers. We call that reducing market friction by using information technology. (And caveat emptor still applies.) But we understand why used-car dealers might bitch.

Frankly, we're surprised it took them this long.

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