WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                 FORM 12b-25

                         NOTIFICATION OF LATE FILING

                                                Commission File Number 1-14082
(Check One):

[ ] Form 10-K and Form 10-KSB               [ ] Form 11-K

[ ] Form 20-F            [X] Form 10-Q and Form 10-QSB            [ ] Form N-SAR

For Period Ended:                          10-31-01

[ ] Transition Report on Form 10-K and Form 10-KSB

[ ] Transition Report on Form 20-F

[ ] Transition Report on Form 11-K

[ ] Transition Report on Form 10-Q and Form 10-QSB

[ ] Transition Report on Form N-SAR

For the Transition Period Ended:

    Read Attached Instruction Sheet Before Preparing Form. Please Print or Type.

    Nothing in this form shall be construed to imply that the Commission has
verified any information contained herein.

    If the notification relates to a portion of the filing checked above,
identify the item(s) to which the notification relates:


                                     PART I
                             REGISTRANT INFORMATION

    Full name of registrant  Smart Choice Automotive Group, Inc.
    Former name if applicable


    Address of principal executive office (Street and number)  1555
Semoran Blvd.

    City, state and zip code  Winter Park, Florida 32792

                                    PART II
                            RULES 12b-25(b) AND (c)

    If the subject report could not be filed without unreasonable effort or
expense and the registrant seeks relief pursuant to Rule 12b-25(b), the
following should be completed.  (Check box if appropriate.)

       (a)  The reasons described in reasonable detail in Part III of this form
            could not be eliminated without unreasonable effort or expense;

       (b)  The subject annual report, semi-annual report, transition report on
            Form 10-K, 10-KSB, Form 20-F, 11-K, Form N-SAR, or portion thereof
[X]         will be filed on or before the 15th calendar day following the
            prescribed due date; or the subject quarterly report or transition
            report on Form 10-Q, 10-QSB, or portion thereof will be filed on or
            before the fifth calendar day following the prescribed due date; and

       (c)  The accountant's statement or other exhibit required by Rule
            12b-25(c) has been attached if applicable.

                                    PART III

    State below in reasonable detail the reasons why Forms 10-K, 10-KSB, 11-K,
20-F, 10-Q, 10-QSB, N-SAR or the transition report or portion thereof, could not
be filed within the prescribed time period. (Attach extra sheets if needed.)

     In November 2001, pursuant to an agreement, the Company's lender foreclosed
upon certain collateral of the Company's Florida based subsidiaries, and the
company granted its lender an option to purchase its PAACO Subsidiary.
Additional time is needed to properly account for and disclose the recent


                                    PART IV
                               OTHER INFORMATION

    (1)  Name and telephone number of person to contact in regard to this

James Edward Ernst                             407               671-1200
     (Name)                                 (Area Code)       (Telephone Number)

    (2)  Have all other periodic reports required under Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30 of the Investment Company Act
of 1940 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter) period that the
registrant was required to file such reports) been filed?  If answer is no,
identify report(s).
                                                             [X] Yes      [ ] No

    (3)  Is it anticipated that any significant change in results of operations
from the corresponding period for the last fiscal year will be reflected by the
earnings statements to be included in the subject report or portion thereof?

                                                             [X] Yes      [ ] No

     Smart Choice incurred a net loss of 33.1 million for the three month period
ended October 31, 2001 as compared to net income of .8 million for the same
period in the prior fiscal year. The decrease is principally the result of a 30
million dollar write down of certain assets that were deemed impaired in
connection with the foreclosure by Smart Choice's lender of certain Florida
based assets and a decision to wind-down Smart Choice's Florida based

     If so, attach an explanation of the anticipated change, both narratively
and quantitatively, and, if appropriate, state the reasons why a reasonable
estimate of the results cannot be made.

                      Smart Choice Automotive Group, Inc.
                  (Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

Has caused this notification to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned
thereunto duly authorized.

Date:      12-18-01            By:  /s/ James Edward Ernst
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Instruction:  The form may be signed by an executive officer of the registrant
or by any other duly authorized representative.  The name and title of the
person signing the form shall be typed or printed beneath the signature.  If the
statement is signed on behalf of the registrant by an authorized representative
(other than an executive officer), evidence of the representative's authority to
sign on behalf of the registrant shall be filed with the form.


    Intentional misstatements or omissions of fact constitute federal criminal
violations (see 18 U.S.C. 1001).

                             GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

1.  This form is required by Rule 12b-25 of the General Rules and Regulations
    under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

2.  One signed original and four conformed copies of this form and amendments
    thereto must be completed and filed with the Securities and Exchange
    Commission, Washington, D.C. 20549, in accordance with Rule 0-3 of the
    General Rules and Regulations under the Act.  The information contained in
    or filed with the form will be made a matter of public record in the
    Commission files.

3.  A manually signed copy of the form and amendments thereto shall be filed
    with each national securities exchange on which any class of securities of
    the registrant is registered.

4.  Amendments to the notifications must also be filed on form 12b-25 but need
    not restate information that has been correctly furnished.  The form shall
    be clearly identified as an amended notification.

5.  Electronic Filers. This form shall not be used by electronic filers unable
    to timely file a report solely due to electronic difficulties. Filers unable
    to submit a report within the time period prescribed due to difficulties in
    electronic filing should comply with either Rule 201 or Rule 202 of
    Regulation S-T or apply for an adjustment in filing date pursuant to
    Rule 13(b) of Regulation S-T.