Chester, PA - Wells Fargo Auto Finance, one of North America’s largest automotive finance companies, announced today the recipients of its Stagecoach Award for the Third Quarter of 2006.

This is the seventh installment of the Stagecoach Award. The Stagecoach Award was first awarded in March of 2005 as a way to recognize Wells Fargo Auto Finance’s best automotive dealers. Recipients of this award were selected from nearly 21,000 dealers across North America. Stagecoach Award winners received a commemorative plaque and a Wells Fargo Visa gift card, recognizing their accomplishment.

When asked why he does business with Wells Fargo Auto Finance, Scott Penrod of Courtesy Auto World in Alliance, OH, a Third Quarter of 2006 Stagecoach winner said, “Relationship! That is the key to my business with Wells Fargo. Every person I have ever dealt with is professional and has the same goal of putting a deal together and maximizing profit margin. I thank them for all the help along the way…the whole entire organization is first class.”

“Formally recognizing our dealers and thanking them for the business they give us is very important to us”, said Gary Lorenz, president of Wells Fargo Auto Finance. “The Stagecoach Award is our way of acknowledging those dealers who have been particularly instrumental in making this past quarter a success.”

The following are the recipients of the Wells Fargo Auto Finance Stagecoach Award for the Third Quarter of 2006:

417 Suzuki
Adrian Dodge
Automax
Autopark Superstore
Autoway Nissan of Brandon
Barberino Brothers
Bill Heard Chevrolet
Birmingham Suzuki
Bommarito Oldsmobile GMC
Caldwell Country Chevrolet
Cars 101
Cherry Hill Mitsubishi
Corporatif Renaud Inc.
Courtesy Auto World of Alliance
Cox Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Douglas Nissan
Dutch Miller Chevrolet
Fox Valley Suzuki
Furlong Motors
Golden State Motors
Hawaii Mitsubishi
Hayward Toyota
Hyundai of Jacksonville
Jim Glover Chevrolet
Kentwood Ford Sales Inc.
Kia of Baton Rouge
Lancaster Toyota Mazda
Legend Suzuki
Lenz Auto Sales and Service
Martin Chevrolet
Metro Auto Wholesale
Michael’s Auto Sales
Mike Ognibene Ford
Moritz Chrysler Jeep
Nampa Kia
Paramount Kia of Asheville
Premier Dodge
Preston Ford
Rancho Motor Company
Rick Hill Nissan
RK Chevrolet
Rocky’s Auto Sales
San Luis Bay Motors
Sound Ford
Stevenson Mazda
Sutherlin Nissan
Tates Auto Center
Thoroughbred Ford Inc
United Nissan

Wells Fargo Auto Finance, Inc., an operating unit of Wells Fargo & Company, is one of the nation’s largest auto finance providers and offers a full spectrum of automobile finance and lease options. Headquartered in Chester, Pennsylvania, Wells Fargo Auto Finance services more than 1.5 million customers and nearly 21,000 automobile dealers. Wells Fargo Auto Finance has over 4,300 team members, over 380 sales representatives, and origination centers throughout the United States and Canada. More information about Wells Fargo Auto Finance is available at http://www.wellsfargoautofinance.com/.

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $500 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance to more than 23 million customers from more than 6,200 stores and the internet (wellsfargo.com) across North America and elsewhere internationally. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is the highest credit-rated bank in the U.S., receiving an “Aaa” by Moody’s Investors Service and “AA+” by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.