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Pine Belt takes advantage of "Clunker" deals

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Pine Belt car dealers are hoping to close the doors of older gas guzzlers and open the doors toward going green. 

It's part of the "Cash for Clunkers" program.

"It's gotten people that I think would normally not have been out buying cars, purchasing cars," said Frank Payne, used car manager of Toyota of Hattiesburg.

The program started with $1 billion in July.  That money almost ran out as more people than expected wanted in on the program.

"We have a bunch of them rolling," said Alton Pierce, Toyota of Hattiesburg general manager. "We're doing a lot of them every day. so it's I guess a program that has worked out all the bugs and has got going now."

Last Friday President Obama signed for more $2 billion extra to go toward the program.

"With them knowing that the money is out there, I think a lot of them will go ahead will look and see if their cars qualify and if they can purchase one," said Payne.

Chris Posey, general manager of Chris Posey Chevrolet and Nissan in Laurel, is glad to know there is more money, but he said nothing has been finalized.

"It's convenient to know that there's more money," said Posey. "There have been no affirmative statements that they are going to honor heavy request that are sent it."

Hattiesburg resident Jim Hodges is searching for a car, but he is not sure if he wants to be part of the program.

"If the dealers started to negotiate in prices a little bit then with the government program, it would be a good deal, but if they don't negotiate on prices, it doesn't matter really," said Hodges.

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