<PAGE> AUTO-BY-TEL CORPORATION 18872 MACARTHUR BOULEVARD, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CALIFORNIA 92612-1400 April 2, 1997 VIA FACSIMILE AND EDGAR Securities and Exchange Commission 450 Fifth Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20549 Attn: H. Christopher Owings, Jr., Assistant Director, Mail Stop 7-5, room 7081 Karla L. Boyd, Mail Stop 7-5, room 7068 RE: AUTO-BY-TEL CORPORATION WITHDRAWAL OF REGISTRATION STATEMENTS ON FORM S-1 AND FORM 8-A Ladies and Gentlemen: Auto-By-Tel Corporation (the "Company") hereby requests the withdrawal of Registration Statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 333-20831) (the "Registration Statement"), pursuant to Rule 477(a), initially filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 31, 1997 and subsequently amended. The Registration Statement is being withdrawn on the grounds that the Company believes that the current market conditions would not permit the offering to be successfully undertaken at a price acceptable to the Company. We also confirm by this letter that no securities have been issued or sold under the Registration Statement. The Company also hereby requests withdrawal of the Company's Registration Statement on Form 8-A filed March 13, 1997, to prevent such Registration Statement from automatically becoming effective within sixty days. Thank you for your time and assistance in this matter. Please call the undersigned at (415) 493-9300 if you have any questions or require additional information. Very truly yours, AUTO-BY-TEL CORPORATION /s/ Mark W. Lorimer ------------------------------- Mark W. Lorimer, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary cc: Maria Konstantinidis, Nasdaq National Market Mark W. Lorimer, Esq. Richard J. Char, Esq.