1 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WASHINGTON, DC 20549 FORM 8-K CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 Date of Report: October 4, 1999 -------------------------------- autobytel.com inc. (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) 0-22239 (Commission File Number) Delaware 33-0711569 (State or other jurisdiction of (I.R.S. Employer incorporation or organization) Identification No.) 18872 MacArthur Boulevard Irvine, California 92612 (Address of principal executive offices, with zip code) (949) 225-4500 (Registrant's telephone number, including area code) 1.

2 Item 5. OTHER EVENTS On October 4, 1999, autobytel.com inc., a Delaware corporation ("autobytel.com"), notified W.G. Nichols Inc. that autobytel.com had elected not to proceed with the previously announced acquisition of W.G. Nichols Inc. and a related entity. 2.

3 SIGNATURES Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized. autobytel.com inc. Date: October 4, 1999 By: /s/ Ariel Amir --------------------------------- Ariel Amir Vice President and General Counsel 3.