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AutoNation to Acquire Schooley Cadillac

Sep. 14, 2004

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Schooley Cadillac from owner Charles W. Schooley, III. The dealership is located at 2101 45th Street in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter, making it AutoNation's second Cadillac dealership in Florida and the company's 32nd dealership in South Florida. One of the oldest and most well-known luxury automotive retailers in the area, Schooley Cadillac has been owned by the Schooley family continuously since it first opened in 1952.

Terms of the all-cash asset transaction, which is subject to customary conditions and approvals, were not disclosed. AutoNation estimates that the annual revenue from the dealership will be approximately $54 million.

The dealership occupies approximately 10 acres in a prime retail location in suburban Palm Beach County, including a state-of-the-art service facility and body shop.

"Cadillac has been experiencing a strong resurgence recently by offering products that a broad range of consumers find appealing, and the team at Schooley has proven to be great representatives for the revitalized brand," said Michael E. Maroone, AutoNation's president and chief operating officer. "We look forward to their contributions as part of the AutoNation team, and we expect that Schooley Cadillac will become an outstanding addition to the strong line of luxury vehicles we offer at AutoNation."

In fact, Schooley Cadillac is the most recent addition to what is already an impressive number of prestigious luxury dealerships in the South Florida area. The company also owns and operates Mercedes-Benz of Miami, Mercedes- Benz of Fort Lauderdale, Mercedes-Benz of Pembroke Pines, and Lexus of Palm Beach.

Currently, AutoNation now offers 15 brands of vehicle at locations from Miami to West Palm Beach, including Chevrolet, Chrysler/Jeep, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Isuzu, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln-Mercury, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Oldsmobile and Toyota. AutoNation's dealerships also offer used vehicles, parts and service, and finance and insurance products.

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 or, where more than 100,000 vehicles are available for sale.


Certain statements and information included in this release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Additional discussion of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from management's projections, estimates and expectations is contained in the Company's SEC filings. The Company undertakes no duty to update its forward- looking statements.

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