Washington, DC 20549

                                     FORM 3


    Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
       Section 17(a) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or
               Section 30(f) of the Investment Company Act of 1940

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1.   Name and Address of Reporting Person*

     Roth                            John                    M.
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   (Last)                            (First)              (Middle)

     c/o Freeman Spogli & Co. Inc, 11100 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 1900
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     Los Angeles                     CA                     90025
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   (City)                            (State)                (Zip)

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2.   Date of Event Requiring Statement (Month/Day/Year)

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3.   IRS Identification Number of Reporting Person, if an Entity (Voluntary)

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4.   Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol

     Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG)
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5.   Relationship of Reporting Person to Issuer
     (Check all applicable)

     [x]  Director                             [X]  10% Owner (1)
     [ ]  Officer (give title below)           [ ]  Other (specify below)

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6.   If Amendment, Date of Original (Month/Day/Year)

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7.   Individual or Joint/Group Filing  (Check applicable line)

     [X]  Form Filed by One Reporting Person

     [ ]  Form Filed by More than One Reporting Person

             Table I -- Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
3. Ownership Form: 2. Amount of Securities Direct (D) or 1. Title of Security Beneficially Owned Indirect (I) 4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4) (Instr. 4) (Instr. 5) (Instr. 4) - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share 0 N/A - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ====================================================================================================================================
Reminder: Report on a separate line for each class of securities beneficially owned directly or indirectly. * If the Form is filed by more than one Reporting Person, see Instruction 5(b)(v). FORM 3 (continued) Table II -- Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities) ================================================================================
5. Owner- 3. Title and Amount of Securities ship Underlying Derivative Security Form of 2. Date Exercisable (Instr. 4) Derivative and Expiration Date --------------------------------- 4. Conver- Security: (Month/Day/Year) Amount sion or Direct 6. Nature of ---------------------- or Exercise (D) or Indirect Date Expira- Number Price of Indirect Beneficial 1. Title of Derivative Exer- tion of Derivative (I) Ownership Security (Instr. 4) cisable Date Title Shares Security (Instr. 5) (Instr. 5) - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ==================================================================================================================================== (1) Asbury Automotive Holdings L.L.C., an entity in which FS Equity Partners III, L.P., FS Equity Partners International L.P. and FS Equity Partners IV, L.P. (collectively, the "Investment Funds"), investment funds affiliated with Freeman Spogli & Co. Inc., hold approximately a 49% ownership interest, holds of record 17,550,743 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. Mr. Roth is a director, member, partner or executive officer of the general partners of each of the Investment Funds. Mr. Roth expressly disclaims such Investment Funds except to the extent of his pecuniary interest in them.
/s/ John Roth March 13, 2002 - --------------------------------------------- ----------------------- **Signature of Reporting Person Date ** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a). Note: File three copies of this form, one of which must be manually signed. If space provided is insufficient, see Instruction 6 for procedure. Potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information contained in this form are not required to respond unless the form displays a currently valid OMB Number.