TrueCar raises $70 million in initial public offering by Ben Geier @FortuneMagazine May 16, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons Shares priced below marketed range, set for trading on the Nasdaq stock market Friday. FORTUNE — Online car buying system TrueCar launches its IPO today, and the initial results probably weren’t what executives wanted. Shares of the IPO priced at $9 a piece, below the range of $12-14 they were offered for. TrueCar raised $70 million in the stock offering, according to a report from Bloomberg News. A total of 7.78 million shares were offered as part of the IPO. Bloomberg reported that the pricing indicates a market value of $639 million for the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company. TrueCar works as a sort of virtual car lot where consumers can see what others have paid fir a particular make and model, then receive offers from dealers. The company says it wants to make buying a car “transparent and anxiety free.” TrueCar will list its shares on the Nasdaq stock market under the ticker “ TRUE .” Trading is due to begin Friday.