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Used Car Talk

Used Car Talk

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A used car at a dealership.
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Demand for used cars decreased in the first few months of the pandemic as travel came to a sudden halt. But some people still needed to go to work, and they wanted to avoid public transit for their own safety. Those working remotely realized that working from home could be done anywhere. People wanted to buy used cars again, but where had all the clunkers gone?

Today on the show, we follow a used car salesman trying to keep his lot full and consult with the experts on why the options are so limited.

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