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ALLDATA Signs Strategic Agreement With AutoVitals to Enhance Its Business Solutions Suite

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

ALLDATA Signs Strategic Agreement With AutoVitals to Enhance Its Business Solutions Suite05:00 EST Tuesday, March 06, 2012ELK GROVE, Calif., March 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALLDATA LLC, the leading provider of manufacturers' automotive repair information and solutions for the professional automotive service and collision repair industries, has entered into an agreement with AutoVitals® to help repair shops attract and retain customers. "ALLDATA has selected AutoVitals as the best solution in the industry for helping customers reach a wide audience of interested consumers," said ALLDATA President Jeff Lagges. "We have always been about helping shops succeed, and this is a proven tool to help them get the results they want." The collaboration of ALLDATA and AutoVitals offers immediate benefits to a repair facility through ALLDATA's suite of Market products that leverage web technologies and social media. By deploying AutoVitals' marketing platform, which is specific to the independent automotive industry, shops can inexpensively reach a wide audience. AutoVitals can tailor search engine optimization technology to significantly improve a shop's ranking and visibility, which can translate to higher profits. Additionally, customer reviews are solicited to build an online reputation. "In areas with 20,000 drivers or more, there are more than 2,000 Internet searches for auto repair shops per month," said AutoVitals CEO Uwe Kleinschmidt. "Our services help shop owners significantly cut their advertising budgets with substantially higher returns. And they achieve a highly personalized customer experience at the counter and beyond. Teaming up with ALLDATA should enable many ALLDATA repair shop users to make dramatic improvements in customer acquisition and retention." AutoVitals' products easily integrate with ALLDATA Manage, ALLDATA's popular shop management system. Pairing the programs can result in cost-effective business strategies, further extending the benefits of AutoVitals. "Twenty-five years ago, ALLDATA was the first to market electronic repair information," adds Lagges. "Today, our products are used by more than 80,000 shops. AutoVitals is a great fit for us. It perfectly complements our tradition of innovation and the direction we have been going." For more information about ALLDATA and AutoVitals please visit www.alldata.com/getmarket or call 800-697-2533.About AutoVitals.com Founded in 2009, AutoVitals.com helps busy auto repair shop owners and service advisors to develop and nurture customer relationships via both online and offline channels. Using the AutoVitals platform, service managers can identify opportunities to further connect with the customer, and can take immediate action—with the ability to track and report on the success of specific activities and the overall impact on the bottom line. Integrating with the shop's existing management system, AutoVitals seamlessly fits into the shop workflow, helping retain existing customers, find new customers, and build stronger customer relationships--all while increasing customer satisfaction and shop revenues. For more information, visit http://www.AutoVitals.com.About ALLDATAALLDATA, founded in 1986, with more than 80,000 automotive repair and collision shop subscribers, is the leading provider of manufacturers' service and repair information, shop management software and customer relations tools for the automotive repair and collision industries. Professional automotive repair shops across North America depend on ALLDATA for their automotive repair information needs and to purchase parts from more than 2,200 AutoZone Commercial program locations. ALLDATA® CollisionSM S3500 is the single source of OEM collision repair information delivering unedited and regularly updated information for structural repairs, mechanical and diagnostic information. ALLDATA® RepairSM S3000 is the leading provider of comprehensive, factory-correct repair information for the automotive industry. Also available are: ALLDATA® ManageSM, a strategic shop management system; ALLDATA® MarketSM, a web-based shop marketing tool to bring in new and repeat business and the AutoZone® Aftermarket Parts Catalog and AZ PartsConnect® program for aftermarket parts estimating and electronic ordering. ALLDATAdiy.com provides consumers with repair articles, factory technical service bulletins, and illustrations for a specific vehicle, along with a link to ALLDATA-approved repair shops. Visit www.alldata.com for more information.About AutoZone As of February 11, 2012, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 4,580 AutoZone stores in 48 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 287 stores in Mexico. AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software through www.alldata.com. Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, non-automotive products and subscriptions to the ALLDATAdiy product through www.autozone.com, and our commercial customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.CONTACT: Media Contact Information: ALLDATA Debbie Mitchell at 888-892-2332 Fax: 916-684-6933 press.relations@alldata.com AutoZone Contact Information Media: Ray Pohlman at 866-966-3017 ray.pohlman@autozone.com Financial: Brian Campbell at 901-495-7005 brian.campbell@autozone.com