The idea of selling cars on the Internet came from a pool boy in California. At least that’s how John Honoites, formerly of Autobytel, tells the story at a J.D. Power and Associates dinner in Las Vegas celebrating the 10-year anniversary of dealers selling cars online. Honoites says Pete Ellis created Autobytel to sell cars on the QVC home shopping television channel – hence, the Autobytel name. Then one day Ellis’s pool boy casually mentioned the Prodigy network on the ...

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