MSN Carpoint and iCARumba.com Team to Create One-Stop Service Center For Online Car Maintenance and Repair

Seven Million Monthly Visitors to Carpoint Can Now Save Time and Money

Scheduling Repairs Online at More Than 17,000 Service Centers; One Lucky

Consumer Can Win a 'Personal Mechanic for a Year'



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from MSN Carpoint

    REDMOND, Wash., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- MSN(R) Carpoint(TM) online
 automotive service, the most-visited car-buying and -ownership site on the
 Web, today announced an agreement with iCARumba.com, a developer of the
 leading automotive services portal. Through this new relationship, the
 7 million monthly visitors to Carpoint now have the ability to make online
 service appointments on Carpoint.com through a national network of more than
 17,000 service centers.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     Users can simply log onto Carpoint.com and select "Service/Repair" to
 schedule appointments for services ranging from oil changes and tire
 alignments to tuneups and general car maintenance, in just minutes. After
 inputting information about their car and location, users are directed to a
 local service center to schedule an appointment. In addition, consumers can
 receive expert advice regarding car care and news about common service
 questions, from determining if tires are properly inflated to tips on tuneups.
 To launch the new service center, Carpoint is offering consumers the
 opportunity to win a "Personal Mechanic for a Year."*
     "We're excited to add the iCARumba service to our suite of ownership
 features and will continue to expand our leadership as the most comprehensive
 auto destination for consumers," said Ryan Hamlin, general manager for MSN
 Carpoint at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT). "This alliance further
 demonstrates our commitment to providing our 7 million monthly visitors with
 the broadest range of services to make it easier to buy and own a car every
 day."
     According to recent Automotive Service Association research, 75 percent of
 Internet users would like to schedule appointments online if they could. "This
 is the wave of the future, because it frees up telephone time and is quick and
 easy for both the customer and the service shop," said Scott Parker, owner of
 Scott Parker Motorsports in Pleasanton, Calif.
     "We're thrilled to have been selected by Carpoint to deliver value-added
 services and online appointment scheduling that will benefit its users and
 iCARumba member shops," said Bob Allison, executive vice president of
 corporate development at iCARumba Inc. "It is our goal, on behalf of our
 member shops, to provide consumers with the best possible automotive service
 experience."
     The ownership features of Carpoint are designed to help consumers maintain
 detailed information relevant to their car-care needs. Consumers using these
 services have access to local traffic reports, used-car lemon checks, consumer
 ratings and reviews, recall and service reminders, Kelley Blue Book values,
 and the repair estimator tool.
 
     About iCARumba.com
     iCARumba is a Seattle-based corporation founded in 1999 to serve the
 automotive service value chain, with an emphasis on improving the productivity
 and profitability of service facilities. iCARumba's mission is to thoughtfully
 apply the Internet and related technologies to reinvent, enhance and integrate
 the entire automotive services value chain, driving more informed customers to
 service facilities and providing those shops with more information regarding
 their supplier choices. iCARumba was founded based on the belief that the
 automotive services value chain can be made stronger by embracing the use of
 new technologies that will dramatically enhance efficiency and profitability.
 As such, iCARumba.com has been designed to act as a vital link between shops,
 their customers and their suppliers. iCARumba's Web site is located at
 http://www.icarumba.com/ .
 
     About Carpoint
     Launched in October 1995, Carpoint ( http://www.carpoint.com/ ) is the
 leading online automotive marketplace, visited by more than 7 million
 consumers each month. From product reviews and surround video features to
 new- and used-car pricing, Carpoint helps consumers find the car they love, at
 a price they can afford. With details on more than 10,000 car models and
 100,000 used vehicles, visitors can research and compare cars of virtually
 every make and model, identify local dealers, and receive instructions for
 post-purchase service and maintenance. With a network of more than
 5,000 affiliated dealers nationwide, Carpoint generates more than $8 billion
 in auto sales each year and is exclusively endorsed by the American
 International Automobile Dealers Association.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     * No purchase necessary. Game ends June 25, 2001. Open only to residents
 of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. For full rules see site.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft, MSN and Carpoint are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
 The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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SOURCE MSN Carpoint
    REDMOND, Wash., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- MSN(R) Carpoint(TM) online
 automotive service, the most-visited car-buying and -ownership site on the
 Web, today announced an agreement with iCARumba.com, a developer of the
 leading automotive services portal. Through this new relationship, the
 7 million monthly visitors to Carpoint now have the ability to make online
 service appointments on Carpoint.com through a national network of more than
 17,000 service centers.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     Users can simply log onto Carpoint.com and select "Service/Repair" to
 schedule appointments for services ranging from oil changes and tire
 alignments to tuneups and general car maintenance, in just minutes. After
 inputting information about their car and location, users are directed to a
 local service center to schedule an appointment. In addition, consumers can
 receive expert advice regarding car care and news about common service
 questions, from determining if tires are properly inflated to tips on tuneups.
 To launch the new service center, Carpoint is offering consumers the
 opportunity to win a "Personal Mechanic for a Year."*
     "We're excited to add the iCARumba service to our suite of ownership
 features and will continue to expand our leadership as the most comprehensive
 auto destination for consumers," said Ryan Hamlin, general manager for MSN
 Carpoint at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT). "This alliance further
 demonstrates our commitment to providing our 7 million monthly visitors with
 the broadest range of services to make it easier to buy and own a car every
 day."
     According to recent Automotive Service Association research, 75 percent of
 Internet users would like to schedule appointments online if they could. "This
 is the wave of the future, because it frees up telephone time and is quick and
 easy for both the customer and the service shop," said Scott Parker, owner of
 Scott Parker Motorsports in Pleasanton, Calif.
     "We're thrilled to have been selected by Carpoint to deliver value-added
 services and online appointment scheduling that will benefit its users and
 iCARumba member shops," said Bob Allison, executive vice president of
 corporate development at iCARumba Inc. "It is our goal, on behalf of our
 member shops, to provide consumers with the best possible automotive service
 experience."
     The ownership features of Carpoint are designed to help consumers maintain
 detailed information relevant to their car-care needs. Consumers using these
 services have access to local traffic reports, used-car lemon checks, consumer
 ratings and reviews, recall and service reminders, Kelley Blue Book values,
 and the repair estimator tool.
 
     About iCARumba.com
     iCARumba is a Seattle-based corporation founded in 1999 to serve the
 automotive service value chain, with an emphasis on improving the productivity
 and profitability of service facilities. iCARumba's mission is to thoughtfully
 apply the Internet and related technologies to reinvent, enhance and integrate
 the entire automotive services value chain, driving more informed customers to
 service facilities and providing those shops with more information regarding
 their supplier choices. iCARumba was founded based on the belief that the
 automotive services value chain can be made stronger by embracing the use of
 new technologies that will dramatically enhance efficiency and profitability.
 As such, iCARumba.com has been designed to act as a vital link between shops,
 their customers and their suppliers. iCARumba's Web site is located at
 http://www.icarumba.com/ .
 
     About Carpoint
     Launched in October 1995, Carpoint ( http://www.carpoint.com/ ) is the
 leading online automotive marketplace, visited by more than 7 million
 consumers each month. From product reviews and surround video features to
 new- and used-car pricing, Carpoint helps consumers find the car they love, at
 a price they can afford. With details on more than 10,000 car models and
 100,000 used vehicles, visitors can research and compare cars of virtually
 every make and model, identify local dealers, and receive instructions for
 post-purchase service and maintenance. With a network of more than
 5,000 affiliated dealers nationwide, Carpoint generates more than $8 billion
 in auto sales each year and is exclusively endorsed by the American
 International Automobile Dealers Association.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     * No purchase necessary. Game ends June 25, 2001. Open only to residents
 of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. For full rules see site.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft, MSN and Carpoint are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
 The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
                      MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X73333333
 
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