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March 22, 2018

CHICAGO, March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Inc. (NYSE: CARS) ("" or the "Company"), a leading online automotive marketplace, today announced that its Board of Directors (the "Board") has authorized the repurchase of up to $200 million of the Company's common stock. The Company intends to fund the share repurchase program with cash from operations.

Alex Vetter, Chief Executive Officer, said, "Over the past several months, we have successfully negotiated the conversion of nearly 60% of our wholesale revenue into our direct sales channel, closed on the acquisition of Dealer Inspire and Launch Digital Marketing, and made strategic investments in technology and product innovation. With these transactions and investments completed, the Board has now considered our strong free cash flow and the funding required to execute the business plan, and we are pleased to execute this next step in our capital allocation strategy to further enhance shareholder returns."

The Company may repurchase shares from time to time in open market transactions or through privately negotiated transactions in accordance with applicable federal securities laws and subject to the Company's blackout periods. The timing and amounts of any purchases under the share repurchase program will be based on market conditions and other factors including price. The repurchase program has a two-year duration, does not require the purchase of any minimum number of shares and may be suspended, modified or discontinued at any time without prior notice.

Vetter continued, "Since our inception as a public company nine months ago, the Board has regularly reviewed the Company's capital allocation strategy to ensure it is directed to the areas where we believe we can drive the greatest value for our shareholders. Following today's announcement, our board will continue to evaluate our capital allocation policies in ordinary course."

About™ is a leading two-sided digital automotive marketplace that creates meaningful connections between buyers and sellers. Launched in 1998 and headquartered in Chicago, the company empowers consumers with resources and information to make informed buying decisions around The 4Ps of Automotive Marketing™: Product, Price, Place and Person, by connecting advertising partners with in-market car shoppers and providing data-driven intelligence to increase inventory turn and gain market share. A pioneer in online automotive classifieds, the company has evolved into one of the largest digital automotive platforms, connecting thousands of local dealers across the country with millions of consumers. Through trusted expert content, on-the-lot mobile features and intelligence, millions of new and used vehicle listings, a comprehensive set of pricing and research tools, and the largest database of consumer reviews in the industry, is transforming the car shopping experience. properties include DealerRater®,™,® and®. For more information, visit

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