STEVE INSKEEP, host:
NPR's business news starts with GM and eBay selling cars.
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INSKEEP: Today, General Motors announced a deal that would allow consumers to buy GM vehicles on eBay's online auction site. Now buying cars online is not new, but up to now it's been mostly used cars. Because when you think about used cars, you think about going on the Web and buying something sight unseen. Let's set that aside for now. GM's deal with eBay is aimed at boosting new car and truck sales. It's not considered an end-run around the dealers. The month-long project involves more than 200 dealers in California.
The cars would be sold on special Web sites. Consumers would then be able to buy the car at the asking price or make a lower offer. And once a price is agreed, they'd pick up the cars at a nearby dealer.
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