Gas guzzler bill introduced

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDAM) - A piece of legislation is making its way through Capitol Hill which would give car owners an incentive to trade in gas guzzlers.

The bill, known as "Cash for Clunkers" is aimed at boosting auto sales by providing vouchers of up to $4,500 to consumers who turn in their cars and trucks for more fuel-efficient vehicles.

So far, the bill has only passed the House, and the voucher amount would depend on the gas mileage improvement from the current vehicle to the more fuel-efficient one.

One local car dealer said, depending on the vehicle, a trade-in value could be higher than what the government is offering.

Details of the bill are still being debated, but currently there are no special incentives to buy American-made or American-owned vehicles.