Obama offers incentives to spur auto sales

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the federal government is preparing to offer incentives to get Americans to buy more U.S.-made cars.

Obama said this morning in a speech from the White House that the IRS will start notifying consumers who purchased cars after Feb. 16 that they can deduct the cost of any sales and excise taxes. The program would remain in effect till year's end.

Obama says he wants to work with Congress to use parts of the economic stimulus package to fund a program allowing consumers to get a "generous credit" when they replace an older, less fuel-efficient car and buy a new, cleaner car. The program is meant to boost U.S. car sales.

Obama also says the government will guarantee warranties on any General Motors or Chrysler vehicle.

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