Pressured by consumer credit concerns and the impact of a growing market for zero-percent (subvention) auto loans, independent lender and annual ABS issuer AutoNation Inc. is currently debating whether or not to exit the auto-lending business, sources close to the situation said.

While the company reported as much in its most recent 10-Q filing, a company official indicated that a formal announcement is expected as soon as early 2002.

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