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Detroit Auto Show Fun Activities - Win $500 at the AutoTrader Booth

author photo by Nick Chambers January 2012
  •'s booth in the front concourse offers up in-depth car research and a fun driving game.
  • Race in the driving game and enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card.

While is well known for its useful and expansive online car research and sales outlet, what's lesser known is the fact that the company has a huge presence at many auto shows in the US. It's even lesser known that the company almost always has giveaways at their booth, and the 2012 Detroit Auto Show is no exception.

Play a game and win a prize; if you like the sound of that then you should stop by the booth and take a few laps with the Driver's Choice game. In the game the challenge is to match a hypothetical customer's demands for features in a new car with different tracks on a racecourse. Before the race begins you register your contact info and then when you finish your time is posted under your name. The best time of the entire auto show wins a gift card loaded with $500.

The contest is restricted to those 18 years or older and open for the entire length of the show. They say practice makes perfect, so if you want to improve your chances you'll need to spend some time getting used to the controls. Inside tip: in our experience the steering wheel is a bit sensitive, and watch out for the bonus points in the last turn-they come up quick. Also, using the walls to help corner faster can sometimes be useful, but if you go too far up the bank you'll flip the car over.

While you're at the booth you can also take the opportunity to learn more about the other services offers. Considering its such a large website, a little help in navigation could be just the ticket to finding the right car for your needs.

What it means to you: As another one of the only giveaways at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the booth should be a popular spot to try and win a $500 gift card-and maybe do some new and used car research at the same time.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Detroit Auto Show Fun Activities - Win $500 at the AutoTrader Booth - Autotrader