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The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) is sending people into area dealerships. The sign held by Brent Trauger, left, and Al Saar proved to be unnecessary after consumers learned of the program. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Dealerships seeing more interest in autos

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Funding may be fizzling for the Cash for Clunkers program, but the program seems to be meeting one of its goals - stirring an interest in auto sales.

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Customers were arriving in number at area car dealerships last week to unload gas guzzlers, manufactured in 1984 or later, and save $3,500 or $4,500 on a new, more fuel efficient car under the government's $1 billion program.

"It's working great," said Ted Thielen. "We're running out of cars."

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