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'Cash for Clunkers' receiving mixed reaction

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WASHINGTON. - There is mixed reaction to the government's new 'Cash for Clunkers' program. Some dealers say they are seeing an increase in sales and others saying it's not helping much.

The program, which is officially called the Car Allowance Rebate System or 'CARS' went into effect over the weekend.

The program offers rebates of $3,500 - $4,500 for car shoppers who turn in their older vehicles for more fuel efficient ones.

Nearly 20,000 car dealers have signed up with the national Department of Transportation to participate in the deal.

Thursday, the government released figures showing it had dispensed about $17 million accounting for 4,026 new vehicle sales.

Congress has set aside $1 billion for the program, which ends November 1 or earlier if the money runs out.

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