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Used Car Dealers in D.C. Have Bigger Problems Than Cash for Clunkers

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At the end of last year, Mayor Adrian Fenty set his sights used car dealerships, tightening restrictions for used car sellers. Fenty said many used car dealerships served as harbors for criminal activity or acted as nothing more than eyesores or hotspots for rodents and environmental pollution.
Jonathan Wilson
At the end of last year, Mayor Adrian Fenty set his sights used car dealerships, tightening restrictions for used car sellers. Fenty said many used car dealerships served as harbors for criminal activity or acted as nothing more than eyesores or hotspots for rodents and environmental pollution.

Many used-car dealerships across the country say the popular Cash for Clunkers trade-in program is turning an already-tough year into a disaster. But in the District of Columbia, most used car sellers say losing business to new-car dealerships is the least of their worries.

"Right now, we are just trying to survive," says C & E Auto Sales owner Evelyn Ruiz.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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