Sonic Automotive, Inc. Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

           Sonic Automotive, Inc. Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 20, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:
SAH), a leader in automotive retailing, today announced that its Board of
Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.025 per share payable in cash
for stockholders of record on March 15, 2013. The dividend will be payable on
April 15, 2013.

Sonic Automotive, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Charlotte, N.C., is one
of the nation's largest automotive retailers. Sonic can be reached on the web

Included herein is a forward-looking statement pertaining to an anticipated
cash dividend to shareholders. There are many factors that affect management's
views about future events and trends of the Company's business. These factors
involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results or trends to
differ materially from management's view, including without limitation,
economic conditions in the markets in which we operate, new and used vehicle
sales volume, the success of our operational strategies, the rate and timing
of overall economic recovery and the risk factors described in the Company's
annual report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2012 The Company
does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking information.

SOURCE Sonic Automotive, Inc.

Contact: David Cosper, Chief Financial Officer, +1-704-566-2400; C.G. Saffer,
Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, +1-704-566-2439
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