STUDYING HISTORY - Car shoppers now can check vehicle histories when they browse the Auto Trader Online used-vehicle classified ads. Auto Trader Online of Norfolk, Va., is linking its Web site with the CarFax Vehicle History Service Web site. CarFax Inc. of Fairfax, Va., also will feature Auto Trader Online on the 'Reliable Sources' page of its Web site. Consumers need the vehicle's 17-digit identification number and a major credit card to buy a $12.50 report that prints from the user's computer.
CREDIT ON A KIOSK - Driver's Mart Worldwide Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., will use Credit Connection software to route loan applications to lenders electronically. Driver's Mart has one used-car superstore, and plans to open 15 to 20 more this year. The credit application system, operating on Automatic Data Processing Dealer Services hardware, will enable customers to apply for and get approval of auto loans at a kiosk in the showroom. The kiosk initially will offer financing through two lenders: TransSouth Division of Associates Information Services in Dallas and Premier Auto Finance in Chicago.
FORMS ON THE NET - Reynolds and Reynolds Co. and Modern Technologies Corp., both of Dayton, Ohio, are testing an Internet electronic catalog system for corporate forms, such as purchase orders and contracts. Customers of Reynolds' document management service will be able to use the Reynolds Advantage Network to requisition forms over the Internet and print them out at their desks. The service will be available this fall.