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Armored Tire USA, Charter Warranty to Join DealerTrack Aftermarket Network

August 02, 2006

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. -- DealerTrack Aftermarket Services Inc. has announced that Armored Tire USA and Charter Warranty have agreed to join the DealerTrack Aftermarket Network, the industry's first independent provider of real-time aftermarket contract rating and quote generation.

Armored Tire USA, a provider of 24-hour emergency tire road hazard service nationwide, and Charter Warranty, a provider of engine transmission insured warranty programs, will join seven other participating aftermarket providers signed to the network, including Life of the South, LoJack, Old Republic Insured Automotive Services Inc., Ultimate Warranty, Warrantech and Phoenix American/Wynn's Tire.

The DealerTrack Aftermarket Network will provide dealers free access to real-time information on aftermarket vendors' products and services, and is expected to launch in summer 2006.

"While selling aftermarket products can be an important source of profit for dealerships, existing aftermarket rate and product guides can be difficult to understand and are too often out of date," said David Trinder, president of DealerTrack Aftermarket Services, Inc. "The DealerTrack Aftermarket Network will provide dealers with easy access to updated 'live' information on available options for each vehicle and deal. By joining the Aftermarket Network, Armored Tire USA and Charter Warranty will be able to further penetrate their markets and boost customer satisfaction, all while reducing contract errors and cutting administrative costs."

All categories of aftermarket products will be represented on the network, including extended service contracts; GAP, etch, credit life and disability insurance; and vehicle recovery systems. Since the Aftermarket Network will be fully integrated within the DealerTrack platform, both dealers and aftermarket providers benefit from improved accuracy and elimination of duplicate data entry. Dealers also benefit from fewer chargebacks for inaccurate or incorrect aftermarket contract information.

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