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12.04.06

New usability features

We're happy to announce a set of new features designed to make your experience at Autoline more convenient:

SMS Enquiries

In addition to free email enquiries it is now possible for sellers to receive SMS enquiries from prospective buyers. The Premium Listing includes 5 messages, each message will contain the reference to the vehicle, name and phone number of the enquirer and any comments or questions (if provided). Learn more about this and other features of the Premium Listings.

Email a Friend

This feature can be found on vehicle detail pages and allows any visitor to forward the details of a vehicle to any other party; simply enter the recipient's email address and click 'Send'.

ARC - Autoline Reference Code

In response to numerous requests from our customers, we've made it easier for you to refer to your vehicles, listed on Autoline, from newspapers and other classifieds sites. Instead of having to provide a long web link such as www.autoline.com.au/vehicle/XXXXXXX.html, you can now use a much shorter (and easier to type) address using the Autoline Reference Code.

The ARC is an alphanumeric code assigned to each vehicle, and you can find it on the vehicle page under the 'Management' toolbox located on the right (just above the listing date and number of views). Please note that the code is only visible when you're logged in and only for your listings. If you list your vehicle(s) in newspapers or elsewhere, simply refer to them by adding the ARC to the main address www.autoline.com.au/, example: www.autoline.com.au/6SLG . Remember to include the www. prefix in the address, for example the address 'autoline.com.au' without the 'www.' will not work.

30.03.06

Presenting the new look

A change is as good as a holiday they say, so at Autoline we�ve decided to see how true that is. We may have put on a fresh coat of paint, but we�ve taken every effort to retain the same functionality and ease of use as the old site. �We�ve added a few new services, but everything you loved from the old site is still here. To make it easier, we�ve split the site into four, colour coded sections:

Explore - General information, company overview, directories and industry news and howto�s are all in the blue.

Buyers - Search the huge Autoline database, use the free car find service or find out about finance or insurance, if you're in the market to buy, then yellow is the colour to look for.

Sellers - Place your vehicle on Autoline for free, individuals and dealers alike can find out how, here. Plus, check out how easy it is to make your vehicle listing front page news! Green is definitely the colour to look for if you want to make a sale.

Manager - Already have an account with us or you're ready to sign up? Look for the grey, it's your entry point to the Autoline office.

Still looking for something from the old site? Try the site map, or contact Autoline for directions.


17.03.06

Protecting your privacy at Autoline

These days, it seems there is little argument, that the internet has proven itself as a viable marketplace. With a broad spectrum of products and services being bought and sold online daily, without consequence, the confidence of this huge marketplace is growing.�

With this new market comes benefits on both sides. Buyers, faced with a wider choice are even more bargain hungry, eager to shop around and make better informed decisions. Sellers of course, reap the rewards too. With the opportunity to reach a bigger market, more and more businesses are investing time and money developing their online presence. Now, with sites such as�Autoline, it is possible for individual sellers to reach the same, huge, national marketplace as many long time established businesses. The whole situation certainly appears to be win win.

The thing to remember of course is that, just like offline, online is subject to unscrupulous behaviour. Just as we would not give our personal information to a stranger on the street or buy from a place that looks questionable, so should we apply the same thinking when considering a transaction online.

With an overwhelming flood of advice available, terms such as firewalls and cookies, IP�s and SSL�s have become areas of major concern for most users, and rightly so. However, common sense is still as important online as it is offline and there a few basic, tried and true measures that serve us just as well, here, as they do on the street.

Keep Your Personal Information Private

Never disclose your personal information unless it is necessary. If you are prompted to provide this information, then practice due diligence. Ask who is gathering the information, why it is required, and how will it be used.�

When listing a vehicle on Autoline, take advantage of the option to select which, if any, of your personal details are displayed with your listing. You can opt to reveal, at minimum, an email address which will only be visible to Autoline staff, we can act as an intermediary for general enquiries until you are ready to establish a more direct communication with someone whom you perceive to be a genuinely interested buyer. Similarly, buyers should be wary to not give out any personal information unless necessary.

Make Good Choices.�

Just as in an offline marketplace, some deals can appear too good to be true, and in these cases, it often turns out that they are exactly that, too good to be true. Just as you would be on the lookout for dubious behaviour when buying from a business or individual for the first time, so should you apply the same principles online.�

At Autoline, we take every care to ensure that buyers and sellers on our site are genuine, this includes personally vetting every vehicle before it is listed on our site, however, there is really no way that we can full authenticate all information on our site, as is the case with any site which incorporates user input. Please be on the lookout for false or misleading statements. If you have any questions, or wish to report any suspicious listings or interactions online, please contact us immediately.

See also:

For more information regarding internet security, visit:

Australian Internet Safety Advisory Body

Scam Watch


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