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J.D. Power and Associates: AutoUSA Ranks Highest Among Primary New Independent Online Buying Services for Business Generation

Oct. 11, 2005
         J.D. Power and Associates Study Based on Dealer Assessments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AutoUSA, the automotive retail industry's most proven and productive web-based lead sourcing service, was ranked highest in the nation for business generation and transmission of leads in J.D. Power and Associates' September 2005 Dealer Satisfaction with Online Buying Services study. The study is widely regarded as the industry's premier gauge of performance because it is based on responses from dealerships that patronize the surveyed organizations, making it a particularly revealing measure of the real-world capabilities of these companies.

"We're tremendously proud to have been recognized as satisfying our customers more than any other primary new independent service when it comes to generating business and transmitting leads," said Phil DuPree, Vice President for e-commerce for AutoNation, AutoUSA's parent company. "These are the criteria that drive our customers' business, and this study is a testimony to our core strategy to deliver quality leads that turn into sales."

The study ranked online support services in five areas: business generation, transmission of leads, dealer support and services, fees and advertising. Of these, business generation was regarded by dealers as the overwhelmingly most important category in satisfaction, with lead transmission ranked third.

"The high value placed on business generation in the study reinforces our own philosophy regarding what an online lead sourcing service should do," said DuPree. "AutoUSA is driven by one primary goal: provide our customers leads that they can turn into sales. We're doing that, and it's clear that the industry is responding favorably."

AutoUSA acts as an independent third-party provider of leads to participating dealerships. The company has built its success on a combination of advanced web-based technology and a network that includes some of the country's most well respected online automotive resources, including AutoNation.com, Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book, N.A.D.A. Guides, AutoVantage, MSN Autos, Yahoo Autos and America Online. The vast majority of Ward's Top 100 eDealers use AutoUSA, and the company has been recognized by The Dot Com Insider for offering the lowest cost per sale in the industry. More information is available online at http://www.AutoUSA.com - Follow our leads.

About AutoNation, Inc.

AutoNation, Inc., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is America's largest automotive retailer. A component of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index, AutoNation has approximately 27,000 full-time employees and owns and operates 349 new vehicle franchises in 17 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.

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