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Clunker Program Now For Cars Not Yet On Lot

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AP

Car shoppers are getting more flexibility in buying vehicles through the Cash for Clunkers program.

The Transportation Department says consumers who want to purchase a new car not yet on a dealer lot can still be eligible for the car rebate program.

This helps dealers and automakers who are finding it difficult to keep some hot-selling vehicles at the dealerships because of the popular government incentives.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the changes will expand buyers' choices and keep production lines running. He calls it a "wildly successful program."

Video: Ford announces it's going to raise production in order to meet "Cash for Clunkers" demand.

Before the changes, eligible car buyers could only choose from vehicles on a dealer car lot. Ford,Toyota and Honda have increased production to meet demand from the clunkers program.