In 1998, Mitch Golub, William Swislow, and Alex Vetter founded Cars.Com. The company operates an automotive classified website where sellers list cars for sale and consumers can shop for the exact car they are looking for.
In 2003, a Library Journal survey of automobile-related websites described Cars.com with very positive reviews, noting staff-written reviews that are signed, dated, detailed, and illustrated.
In 2004 Cars.Com announced a partnership with Kelley Blue Book and began a national advertising campaign.
In July 2016, Cars.com acquired dealer and service shop rating site DealerRater, creating a giant review site.
Cars.Com noted that in February 2022, there was an 80% increase in the number of people looking for electric vehicles.
Cars.Com maintains a corporate office in Chicago, Illinois.