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THE SEATTLE TIMES ANNOUNCES NEW ELECTRONIC VEHICLE SHOPPING SERVICE

THE SEATTLE TIMES ANNOUNCES NEW ELECTRONIC VEHICLE SHOPPING SERVICE
 SEATTLE, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting Oct. 1, Times Information Services Inc. (TIS), a subsidiary of The Seattle Times Co., will begin The Seattle Times AutoLine, a free 24-hour shopping service for used cars and trucks accessible by touch-tone telephone, The Seattle Times announced today.
 Vehicle shoppers will have access to thousands of listings from all over the Puget Sound area by making one call to 206-624-CALL (2255). Guided step-by-step through the system by recorded prompting, callers enter preferences on vehicle type, make, model, year range and maximum price. The callers then hear a description of all vehicles fitting the requested specifications, plus the sellers' phone numbers. Without re-entering their preferences, shoppers may repeat calls to AutoLine at any time and retrieve the latest listings by using speed-search numbers which are system generated exclusively for each caller.
 AutoLine provides an exciting new way to bring buyers and sellers together. Through AutoLine, callers will have access to used car, truck, van and sport utility vehicles for sale by private individuals that are published in The Seattle Times and The Seattle Post- Intelligencer print classifieds, as well as used vehicle listings from local dealers. There are many benefits of having an auto marketplace by phone: free 24-hour accessibility, customized searches to consumer preferences and current information from a daily-updated vehicle database.
 The Seattle Times views the AutoLine service as a natural extension of print classifieds and TIS already has experience in voice information services with The Seattle Times InfoLine, a five-year old free telephone information service which traffics more than 500,000 calls per month. "The Seattle Times Co. is committed to offering people in the Puget Sound area faster and easier ways of finding just what they're looking for. We are excited to introduce AutoLine and to create future applications using this new voice technology," said Peggy Rinne, The Seattle Times New Business manager.
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 /CONTACT: Fran Malone, 206-464-2346, or Peggy Rinne, 206-464-3220, both of The Seattle Times/ CO: The Seattle Times Co.; Times Information Services Inc. ST: Washington IN: PUB SU: PDT


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