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This excerpt taken from the AN DEF 14A filed Mar 23, 2009.
Audit Committee Report
 
The following statement made by our Audit Committee does not constitute soliciting material and should not be deemed filed or incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate such statement by reference.
 
During 2008, the Audit Committee consisted of Robert R. Grusky (Chair), Carlos A. Migoya, Robert J. Brown (until May 7, 2008), and Kim C. Goodman. On February 5, 2008, Robert J. Brown informed the Board of Directors that he planned to retire from the Board and that therefore he would not stand for re-election to the Board at the 2008 Annual Meeting. Mr. Brown continued to serve on the Audit Committee until the date of the 2008 Annual Meeting. Effective January 1, 2009, the Board appointed David B. Edelson as a member of the Audit Committee.
 
The charter under which the Audit Committee operates is available at http://corp.autonation.com/investors/. The Board has determined that each Audit Committee member has the requisite independence and other qualifications for audit committee membership under SEC rules, the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange, our Audit Committee Charter and the independence standards set forth in our Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Board has also determined that each of Mr. Grusky and Mr. Edelson is an “audit committee financial expert” as defined under Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
 
Our primary function is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing AutoNation’s financial reporting, audit processes, systems of internal control over financial reporting, and disclosure controls. Management is responsible for the Company’s financial statements and the financial reporting process, including the system of internal control over financial reporting. We also monitor the preparation by management of the Company’s quarterly and annual financial statements. KPMG LLP, AutoNation’s independent registered public accounting firm, is accountable to us and is responsible for expressing an opinion as to whether the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of AutoNation in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. KPMG LLP also is responsible for auditing and reporting on internal control over financial reporting. We are solely responsible for selecting and reviewing the performance of AutoNation’s independent registered public accounting firm and, if we deem appropriate in our sole discretion, terminating and replacing the independent registered public accounting firm. We also are responsible for reviewing and approving the terms of the annual engagement of AutoNation’s independent registered public accounting firm, including the scope of audit and non-audit services to be provided by the independent registered public accounting firm and the fees to be paid for such services, and discussing with the independent registered public accounting firm any relationships or services that may impact the objectivity and independence of the independent registered public accounting firm.
 
In fulfilling our oversight role, we met and held discussions, both together and separately, with the Company’s management and KPMG LLP. Management advised us that the Company’s consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and we reviewed and discussed the consolidated financial statements and key accounting and reporting issues with management and KPMG LLP, both together and separately, in advance of the public release of operating results and filing of annual or quarterly reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We discussed with KPMG LLP matters deemed significant by KPMG LLP, including


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those matters required to be discussed pursuant to Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, Communication with Audit Committees, as amended, and reviewed a letter from KPMG LLP disclosing such matters.
 
KPMG LLP also provided us with the written disclosures and the letter required by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent accountant’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and we discussed with KPMG LLP matters relating to their independence and considered whether their provision of certain non-audit services is compatible with maintaining their independence. In the letter, KPMG LLP confirmed its independence, and we determined that the KPMG LLP’s provision of non-audit services to AutoNation is compatible with maintaining their independence. We also reviewed a report by KPMG LLP describing the firm’s internal quality-control procedures and any material issues raised in the most recent internal quality-control review or external peer review or inspection performed by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
 
Based on our review with management and KPMG LLP of AutoNation’s audited consolidated financial statements and the KPMG LLP’s report on such financial statements, and based on the discussions and written disclosures described above and our business judgment, we recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in AutoNation’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
Audit Committee:
 
Robert R. Grusky (Chair)
David B. Edelson
Kim C. Goodman
Carlos A. Migoya


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Audit Committee Report
 
The following statement made by our Audit Committee does not constitute soliciting material and should not be deemed filed or incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate such statement by reference.
 
During 2007, the Audit Committee consisted of Robert R. Grusky (Chair), Carlos A. Migoya, Robert J. Brown, and Kim C. Goodman (member since May 9, 2007). The Audit Committee currently consists of the same directors. On February 5, 2008, Robert J. Brown informed the Board of Directors that he plans to retire from the Board and that therefore he will not stand for re-election to the Board at the 2008 Annual Meeting. Mr. Brown will continue to serve on the Audit Committee until the date of the 2008 Annual Meeting. The charter under which the Audit Committee operates is available at http://corp.autonation.com/investors/. The Board has determined that each Audit Committee member has the requisite independence and other qualifications for audit committee membership under SEC rules, the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange, our Audit Committee Charter and the independence standards set forth in our Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Board has also determined that Mr. Grusky is an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
 
Our primary function is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing AutoNation’s financial reporting, audit processes, systems of internal control over financial reporting, and disclosure controls. Management is responsible for the Company’s financial statements and the financial reporting process, including the system of internal control over financial reporting. We also monitor the preparation by management of the Company’s quarterly and annual financial statements. KPMG LLP, AutoNation’s independent registered public accounting firm, is accountable to us and is responsible for expressing an opinion as to whether the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of AutoNation in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. KPMG LLP also is responsible for auditing and reporting on internal control over financial reporting. We are solely responsible for selecting and reviewing the performance of AutoNation’s independent registered public accounting firm and, if we deem appropriate in our sole discretion, terminating and replacing the independent registered public accounting firm. We also are responsible for reviewing and approving the terms of the annual engagement of AutoNation’s independent registered public accounting firm, including the scope of audit and non-audit services to be provided by the independent registered public accounting firm and the fees to be paid for such services, and discussing with the independent registered public accounting firm any relationships or services that may impact the objectivity and independence of the independent registered public accounting firm.
 
In fulfilling our oversight role, we met and held discussions, both together and separately, with the Company’s management and KPMG LLP. Management advised us that the Company’s consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and we reviewed and discussed the consolidated financial statements and key accounting and reporting issues with management and KPMG LLP, both together and separately, in advance of the public release of operating results and filing of annual or quarterly reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We discussed with KPMG LLP matters deemed significant by KPMG LLP, including those matters required to be discussed pursuant to Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, Communication with Audit Committees, as amended, and reviewed a letter from KPMG LLP disclosing such matters.
 
KPMG LLP also provided us with the written disclosures and the letter required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1, Independence Discussions with Audit Committees, and we discussed with KPMG LLP matters relating to their independence and considered whether their provision of certain non-audit services is compatible with maintaining their independence. In the letter, KPMG LLP confirmed its independence, and we determined that the KPMG LLP’s provision of non-audit services to AutoNation is compatible with maintaining their independence. We also reviewed a report by KPMG LLP describing the firm’s internal quality-control procedures and any material issues raised in the most recent internal quality-


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control review or external peer review or inspection performed by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
 
Based on our review with management and KPMG LLP of AutoNation’s audited consolidated financial statements and the KPMG LLP’s report on such financial statements, and based on the discussions and written disclosures described above and our business judgment, we recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in AutoNation’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
Audit Committee:
 
Robert R. Grusky (Chair)
Robert J. Brown
Kim C. Goodman
Carlos A. Migoya


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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
 
The following statement made by our Audit Committee does not constitute soliciting material and should not be deemed filed or incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate such statement by reference.
 
During 2006, the Audit Committee consisted of J.P. Bryan (member and Chair until June 1, 2006), Irene B. Rosenfeld (member during 2006 and Chair from June 1, 2006 until December 31, 2006), Robert R. Grusky (member since June 22, 2006 and Chair since January 1, 2007), Carlos A. Migoya (member since June 22, 2006) and Robert J. Brown (member throughout 2006). The current Committee consists of Robert R. Grusky (Chair), Carlos A. Migoya and Robert J. Brown. The charter under which the Audit Committee operates is available on AutoNation’s corporate website at http://corp.autonation.com/investors/. The Board has determined that each Audit Committee member has the requisite independence and other qualifications for audit committee membership under New York Stock Exchange corporate governance listing standards, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Audit Committee Charter and the independence standard set forth in the AutoNation, Inc. Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Board also determined that each of Ms. Rosenfeld and Mr. Grusky is an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
 
Our primary function is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing AutoNation’s financial reporting, audit processes, systems of internal control over financial reporting, and disclosure controls. Management is responsible for the Company’s financial statements and the financial reporting process, including the system of internal control over financial reporting. We also monitor the preparation by management of the Company’s quarterly and annual financial statements. AutoNation’s independent auditor, which is accountable to us, is responsible for expressing an opinion as to whether the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of AutoNation in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The independent auditor also is responsible for auditing and reporting on our management’s assessment of, and the effective operation of, internal control over financial reporting. We are solely responsible for selecting and reviewing the performance of AutoNation’s independent auditor and, if we deem appropriate in our sole discretion, terminating and replacing the independent auditor. We also are responsible for reviewing and approving the terms of the independent auditor’s annual engagement, including the scope of audit and non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditor and the fees to be paid for such services, and discussing with the auditor any relationships or services that may impact the objectivity and independence of the auditor.
 
In fulfilling our oversight role, we met and held discussions, both together and separately, with the Company’s management and independent auditor. Management advised us that the Company’s consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and we reviewed and discussed the consolidated financial statements and key accounting and reporting issues with management and the independent auditor, both together and separately, in advance of the public release of operating results and filing of annual or quarterly reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We discussed with the independent auditor matters deemed significant by the independent auditor, including those matters required to be discussed pursuant to Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 (Communication with Audit Committees), as amended, and reviewed a letter from the independent auditor disclosing such matters.
 
The independent auditor also provided us with the written disclosures and the letter required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committees), and we discussed with the independent auditor matters relating to their independence and considered whether their provision of certain non-audit services is compatible with maintaining their independence. In the letter, the independent auditor confirmed its independence, and we determined that the independent auditor’s provision of non-audit services to AutoNation is compatible with maintaining their independence. We also reviewed a report by the independent auditor describing the firm’s internal quality-control procedures and any material issues raised in the most recent internal quality-control review or external peer review or inspection performed by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.


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Based on our review with management and the independent auditor of AutoNation’s audited consolidated financial statements and the independent auditor’s report on such financial statements, and based on the discussions and written disclosures described above and our business judgment, we recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in AutoNation’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
Audit Committee:
 
Robert R. Grusky (Chair)
Robert J. Brown
Carlos A. Migoya


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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
 
The following statement made by our Audit Committee does not constitute soliciting material and should not be deemed filed or incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate such statement by reference.
 
During 2005, the Audit Committee consisted of Alan S. Dawes (Chair from January 1, 2005 until March 22, 2005), J.P. Bryan (member from January 1, 2005 and Chair since March 23, 2005), Irene B. Rosenfeld (member throughout 2005) and Robert J. Brown (member since March 23, 2005). The charter under which the Audit Committee operates is set forth as Exhibit B hereto and is available on AutoNation’s corporate website at http://corp.autonation.com/investors/. The Board has determined that each Audit Committee member has the requisite independence and other qualifications for audit committee membership under New York Stock Exchange corporate governance listing standards, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Audit Committee Charter and the independence standard set forth in the AutoNation, Inc. Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Board also determined that Ms. Rosenfeld is an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of Item 401(h) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
 
Our primary function is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing AutoNation’s financial reporting, audit processes, systems of internal control over financial reporting, and disclosure controls. Management is responsible for the company’s financial statements and the financial reporting process, including the system of internal control over financial reporting. We also monitor the preparation by management of the company’s quarterly and annual financial statements. AutoNation’s independent auditor, which is accountable to us, is responsible for expressing an opinion as to whether the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of AutoNation in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The independent auditor also is responsible for auditing and reporting on our management’s assessment of, and the effective operation of, internal control over financial reporting. We are solely responsible for selecting and reviewing the performance of AutoNation’s independent auditor and, if we deem appropriate in our sole discretion, terminating and replacing the independent auditor. We also are responsible for reviewing and approving the terms of the independent auditor’s annual engagement, including the scope of audit and non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditor and the fees to be paid for such services, and discussing with the auditor any relationships or services that may impact the objectivity and independence of the auditor.
 
In fulfilling our oversight role, we met and held discussions with the company’s management and independent auditor. Management advised us that the company’s consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and we reviewed and discussed the consolidated financial statements and key accounting and reporting issues with management and the independent auditor in advance of the public release of operating results and filing of annual or quarterly reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We discussed with the independent auditor matters deemed significant by the independent auditor, including those matters required to be discussed pursuant to Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 (Communication with Audit Committees), as amended, and reviewed a letter from the independent auditor disclosing such matters.
 
The independent auditor also provided us with the written disclosures and the letter required by Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committees), and we discussed with the independent auditor matters relating to their independence and considered whether their provision of certain non-audit services is compatible with maintaining their independence. In the letter, the independent auditor confirmed its independence, and we determined that the independent auditor’s provision of non-audit services to AutoNation is compatible with maintaining their independence. We also reviewed a report by the independent auditor describing the firm’s internal quality-control procedures and any material issues raised in the most recent internal quality-control review or external peer review or inspection performed by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
 
Based on our review with management and the independent auditor of AutoNation’s audited consolidated financial statements and the independent auditor’s report on such financial statements, and based on the discussions and written disclosures described above and our business judgment, we recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in AutoNation’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
Audit Committee:
 
J. P. Bryan (Chair)
Robert J. Brown
Irene Rosenfeld


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