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AutoNation Announces First Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Audio Web Cast Scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time

Apr. 12, 2005

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, announced today that it will release its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2005 on Thursday, April 28, 2005 before 7:00 a.m. Eastern time. Mike Jackson, chairman and chief executive officer; Mike Maroone, president and chief operating officer; and Craig Monaghan, chief financial officer, will discuss these results and information regarding the Company's business and operating environment during a conference call and audio web cast that same morning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time.

The conference call may be accessed by phone at (800-762-6067) or via the Internet (audio web cast) at by clicking on the "About Us" link, then clicking on "Investors" and then "Web Casts." A playback of the conference call will be available after 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time April 28 through May 5, 2005 by calling (800) 475-6701 (access code #778614) or via the Internet as outlined above.

About AutoNation, Inc.

AutoNation, Inc., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is America's largest automotive retailer and a component of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index. In 2004 AutoNation was named America's Most Admired Automotive Retailer for the 4th year in a row. AutoNation has approximately 27,000 full- time employees and owns and operates 358 new vehicle franchises in 17 states. For additional information, please visit or , where more than 100,000 vehicles are available for sale.

Forward-Looking Statements

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, including its earnings outlook.

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