Brief: Amazon.com Gets New Wheels

Amazon.com Inc., best known for its online bookstore, last week started offering a car-selling service on the Internet where Amazon shoppers can compare features in hundreds of car models, configure the car they like, and place a down payment using a credit card. The customer is expected to buy the car directly from a local dealer, however, by going to the dealership or having the car delivered. Amazon is getting into the car business through an alliance with Greenlight.com, a company in which it took a 5 percent stake in January.

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