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Consumers Who Cashed In on Clunkers Plan to Cut Back for the Holidays

According to a recent Cars.com survey, many shoppers who took advantage of the government's Cash for Clunkers program plan to cut back on holiday shopping this year.

According to the survey, 63 percent of consumers who purchased a car during or before the program expressed that they would be cutting back more than usual on their holiday shopping this year as a result of their car purchase.

"For many consumers, the incentives offered by the government clearly helped bring some shoppers into the new car market," said Cars.com Editor in Chief Patrick Olsen. "While there are signs that the economy is heading in the right direction, it seems as though consumers who took the plunge and recently bought a car will continue to tighten up their wallets through the New Year."

Men are much more likely to cut back on holiday spending as a result of their recent purchase, with 75 percent of men expressing they will cut back more than usual. Consumers ages 25 to 34 also were more likely to cut back than any other age group with close to 80 percent saying their recent car purchase has them cutting back more than usual.

About the Survey: The survey was conducted for Cars.com by Impulse Research Corp. with an online random sample of 1056 men and women 18 years of age or older who have purchased a new or used vehicle in the past 3 months or are planning to purchase a new or used vehicle in the next 6 months. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence

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