Used-car dealers want their 'clunkers' back

LEXINGTON, Ky. — New car sales are up, gas guzzlers are being trashed and car manufacturers are busy again, all thanks to the federal Cash for Clunkers program. But some organizations dependent on the used-car business say they are being left behind.

Several Kentucky used-car dealers report sales problems because of Cash for Clunkers, although some say their sales haven't changed much yet. Charitable organizations that solicit used-car donations also seem to be suffering because of the program, which allows consumers to trade old gas guzzlers for rebates on new cars only.

Car-Mart in Lexington has actually seen increased sales, said purchasing agent John Nicholson.

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