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AutoNation Sponsors Collection for Hurricane Relief

Aug. 16, 2004
 Maroone, Courtesy and AutoWay Dealerships Offer Drop-off Points for Supplies

WHAT: AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest retailer of new and used automobiles, has joined with the American Red Cross to collect canned food for victims of Hurricane Charley. All of the Company's Maroone dealerships in South Florida, Courtesy dealerships in Orlando and AutoWay dealerships in the Tampa Bay area have been designated drop-off centers for non-perishable food supplies beginning August 17 and running through August 24.

All proceeds will be provided to hurricane victims under the direction of the Red Cross, which is actively working in the region to identify areas of greatest need and ensure that long-term hardships are minimized.

"As a Florida-based company, we're particularly sensitive to the adversity that our neighbors face in the aftermath of a hurricane," said Mike Maroone, AutoNation president and chief operating officer. "Many of us know first hand the devastating effects of a hurricane, and we encourage residents across South Florida, Central Florida and Tampa Bay to join us in helping those who have been hurt by Hurricane Charley."

About AutoNation, Inc.

AutoNation, Inc., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is America's largest automotive retailer. Ranked No. 97 on the 2004 Fortune 500 and a component of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index, AutoNation employs approximately 28,000 people and owns and operates 365 new vehicle franchises in 18 states. For additional information, please visit http://corp.AutoNation.com or http://www.AutoNation.com, where more than 100,000 vehicles are available for sale.

CONTACT: Marc Cannon of AutoNation, Inc., +1-954-769-3146 or cannonm@autonation.com

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