Amazon offers up car advice with Amazon Vehicles

August 25th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Amazon is gearing up its car knowledge.

No, the e-commerce juggernaut still isn’t selling cars – not yet anyways.  Instead, the company on Thursday launched a new webpage called Amazon Vehicles that helps customers research new and classic cars.

The site includes detail pages for thousands of cars and trucks, and include specs, pictures and videos. While these pages don’t provide a direct way for folks to actually buy a vehicle, they do include general pricing information, like the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Amazon is also trying to build up a community function for the site by allowing people to submit reviews and photos, as well as ask others questions and advice, much like it already allows on its other product pages for electronics or diapers.

In a statement, Adam Goetsch, Director of Amazon Automotive, said the purpose of the new site is to “support customers during one of the most important, research-intensive purchases in their lives by helping them make informed decisions.”

Further down the road, Amazon Vehicles could provide a platform to sell cars, though Amazon would face a lot of competition from the likes of eBay, Craigslist, TrueCar, AutoTrader, and others.

When asked if car sales could be coming to the site in the future, an Amazon spokeswoman responded with the company’s typical line: “We have nothing more to share at this time.”

Copyright: C|net

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