This excerpt taken from the AN 10-K filed Feb 24, 2005.
Our stores are dependent on the programs and operations of vehicle manufacturers and, therefore, any changes to such programs and operations may adversely affect our store operations and, in turn, affect our business, results of operations, financial condition, cash flows and prospects.
The success of our stores is dependent on vehicle manufacturers in several key respects. First, we rely exclusively on the various vehicle manufacturers for our new vehicle inventory. The success of our stores is dependent on a vehicle manufacturers ability to produce and allocate to our stores an attractive, high quality and desirable product mix at the right time in order to satisfy customer demand. Additionally, manufacturers generally support their franchisees by providing direct financial assistance in various areas, including, among others, advertising assistance and inventory financing assistance. Beyond funds paid directly to their franchisees, the manufacturers also from time to time have established various incentive programs designed to spur consumer demand for their vehicles, such as 0% financing offers. From time to time, manufacturers modify and discontinue these dealer assistance and consumer incentive programs, which could have a significant adverse effect on our consolidated results of operations and cash flows. The core brands of vehicles that we sell, representing approximately 98% of the new vehicles that we sold in 2004, are manufactured by Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and BMW. Any event that has a material adverse effect on our relationships with these vehicle manufacturers or the financial condition, credit ratings, management or designing, marketing, production or distribution capabilities of these manufacturers or others with whom we hold franchises, such as general economic downturns or recessions, increases in interest rates, labor strikes, supply shortages, adverse publicity, product defects, vehicle recall campaigns, litigation, poor product mix or unappealing vehicle design, may result in a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition, cash flows and prospects.