DealerRater Announces Front-Runners for the 2015 Dealer of the Year Awards Program

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DealerRater to unveil top-rated US and Canadian dealerships at the 2015 NADA Convention and Exposition

DealerRater, the world’s premier car dealer review website, today announced dealership leaders to date for the 2015 Dealer of the Year Awards Program. Held annually, the program awards U.S. and Canadian dealerships for distinction in outstanding customer service based upon reviews of consumers’ experiences shared on DealerRater. Actual winners will be announced at the 2015 NADA Convention and Exposition, in San Francisco, January 22-25.

Also in January, DealerRater will introduce an expanded annual recognition program for top dealerships in the U.S. and Canada as determined by consumer ratings on DealerRater.com and DealerRater.ca. Recognized dealers for the 2014 calendar year will be announced in January 2015 and will complement the coveted Dealer of the Year awards program.

“We are sharing the preliminary results for the 2015 Dealer of the Year awards to motivate dealers to prioritize customer service through the end of the year. We hope that this increase in customer engagement will encourage online reviews and sales,” said Gary Tucker, CEO of DealerRater. “The front-runners for our Dealer of the Year Awards Program lead by example through using online reviews to build trusting relationships with car shoppers and differentiate themselves from their competition.”

The current 2015 Dealer of the Year Award Program front-runners are listed alphabetically based on brand categories that have three or more dealers in the running.

The full list of U.S. dealership leaders at the state level is available at http://www.dealerrater.com/company/doty/2015-doty-prelim.pdf.

The full list of Canadian dealership leaders at the provincial level is available at http://www.dealerrater.com/company/doty/2015-doty-ca-prelim.pdf.

DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year awards are given each year to car dealerships that have the highest PowerScore™ in their brand category, both at the national and state/provincial levels. Each PowerScore is determined by using a Bayesian algorithm that considers the dealership’s average DealerRater star rating (calculated monthly) and the total number of reviews written about the dealership during the previous calendar year. The dealership must also have at least 25 new reviews written on DealerRater’s website during the previous calendar year and an average rating greater than 4.0, with 5.0 as the highest possible score.

For more information on the 2015 Dealer of the Year Awards Program, visit http://www.DealerRater.com or call 800-266-9455. To see the final results, visit DealerRater booth #5052W at the 2015 NADA Convention and Exposition.

About DealerRater
DealerRater was founded in 2002 as the first car dealer review website worldwide. DealerRater is the world’s #1 online resource for anyone seeking trusted third-party information on automobile dealerships. DealerRater features nearly 41,000 U.S. and Canadian car dealers, more than 1.6 million consumer reviews and over 1 million cars for sale. DealerRater attracts more than 10 million consumers every year who visit the site to search for car dealerships, read reviews, write their own descriptive reviews, and find car deals – all for free.

In addition, DealerRater offers qualified car dealers a Certified Dealer Program as a reputation management tool to help them grow their online presence and achieve higher SEO rankings across the Web. Today, more than 5,200 dealers are members of the award-winning DealerRater® Certified Dealer Program. DealerRater is proud to have earned the #137 position on the 2012 Inc. 500 list, an exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. And with a recent equity investment from Great Hill Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on growth companies, DealerRater is well poised to continue its global expansion, accelerate product innovation and evaluate strategic acquisition opportunities. DealerRater was also recently awarded a Technology Leadership Award from Dealer Marketing Magazine and another “Top Rated” Reputation Management award in the fourth annual DrivingSales Dealer Satisfaction Awards. For more information, visit http://www.DealerRater.com or call 800-266-9455.

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