The $5.1 million fourth quarter loss came as a shock to the management of Lithia Motors, Inc. This was the first quarterly loss since going public in 1996. The immediate effect was to delay the filing of the company’s annual report with the SEC. Lithia has also formed a task force to look in sales reporting practices at various stores. At least two have been charged back by automakers after irregularities were found. A third store voluntarily returned incentive money to an automaker.