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May 31, 2005

Autobytel Brings all of its Periodic Filings with the SEC Current

AUTOBYTEL BRINGS ALL OF ITS PERIODIC FILINGS WITH THE SEC CURRENT Irvine, CA - May 31, 2005 - Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTLE), a leading Internet automotive marketing services company, today announced that it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004, its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2004, and its Quarterly Report for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2005. Additionally, the Company filed an amended Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q/A for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2004.

The restatements of the consolidated financial statements for the full 2002 and 2003 fiscal years are reflected in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004. The restatements of the consolidated financial statements for the second fiscal quarter of 2003 and the second fiscal quarter of 2004 are reflected in the Form 10-Q/A for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2004. The restatement of the consolidated financial statements for the third fiscal quarter of 2003 is reflected in the Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2004, and the restatement of the consolidated financial statements for the first fiscal quarter of 2004 is reflected in the Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2005.

About Autobytel Inc.
Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTLE), a leading Internet automotive marketing services company, helps retailers sell cars and manufacturers build brands through marketing, advertising, data and CRM (customer relationship management) products and programs. The Company owns and operates the automotive websites Autobytel.com, Autoweb.com, Carsmart.com, Car.com, AutoSite.com, Autoahorros.com, and CarTV.com, as well as AIC (Automotive Information Center), a trusted industry source of automotive marketing data and technology for over 20 years. Autobytel is also a leader in dealership lead management and CRM solutions and owns and operates AVV, Inc., a top provider of dealership CRM and sales management products, and Retention Performance Marketing, Inc., (RPM®), which powers dealerships with cutting-edge customer loyalty and retention marketing programs. Autobytel was the most visited new car buying and research destination in 2004, reaching millions of car shoppers as they made their vehicle buying decisions. Autobytel’s car-selling sites and lead management products are used by more of the nation’s top-100 e-dealers than any other program.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT DISCLAIMER


The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements under the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Autobytel undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements are changes in general economic conditions, the economic impact of terrorist attacks or military actions, increased dealer attrition, pressure on dealer fees, increased or unexpected competition, the failure to realize anticipated synergies from acquired entities, costs related to acquisitions, failure to retain key employees at acquired entities, difficulties in successfully integrating the businesses and technologies of acquired entities and Autobytel, that actual costs and expenses exceed the charges taken by Autobytel, changes in laws and regulations, costs of defending lawsuits and undertaking investigations and related matters and other matters disclosed in Autobytel’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are strongly encouraged to review the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of risks and uncertainties that could affect operating results and the market price of the Company’s stock.

Contact:


Autobytel Inc.

Investor Relations
Jennifer Klein, Vice President, Investor Relations, 949.862.1362 (jenniferkl@autobytel.com)

Media Relations
Melanie Webber, Vice President, Corporate Communications, 949.862.3023 (melaniew@autobytel.com)