Amazon has launched a new hub to help customers research and compare cars.
Amazon Vehicles lets users check out specs and read reviews on a range of vehicles, from convertibles to SUVs to trucks, and Amazon says it hope the site will create a new "automotive community." And while the information on-site does include recommending pricing from manufacturers, Amazon isn't selling any cars itself — at least for now.
In a press statement, Amazon's automotive head Adam Goetsch said the company wants to "support customers during one of the most important, research-intensive purchases in their lives." He adds that the information on the site will be "enhanced by the ability to tap into the knowledge, opinions, and experiences of other car owners within the Amazon customer community.
"This isn't the company's only foray into automotive matters recently. Earlier this week, it also partnered with Hyundai to let potential customers order up test drives right from the retailer's website. This is only a limited pilot program, but could save customers the headache of getting the hard sell from a dealer (at least initially), and would also dovetail neatly with this recent news. It's essentially an online destination to chat about cars and buy new parts when you need or want them.In addition to checking out parts and information on vehicles like videos, reviews, images and specs customers can chat with other members of the community and ask their burning vehicle questions. It's meant as an "extension" of the pre-existing Amazon Automotive store, where you can already purchase vehicles, tires, parts and various other pieces of cars you might need. Plus, you can already add information about cars you own to the Amazon Garage.
Though Amazon Vehicles seems mainly focused on getting you to search for the components you need to build the best car possible, it could be a cool resource for anyone obsessed with cars and the culture surrounding them, as well as a jumping off point for Amazon's Top Gear spinoff The Grand Tour. Either way, if you're looking to spruce up your car, it looks like Amazon's going to be a pretty decent place to start.
cragenpuff said: Cool Not really. Same basic information they had when you added your car in the "garage". Most of the information though is general in nature and less than a fast Google search will pull up.
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