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Car sales surge to more than 20 percent last year's numbers

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According to Autodata Corp, overall car sales are up 20 percent since last year at this time. A Martinez talks with Matt DeBord about the sales surge. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

If you've been thinking about buying a new car or truck you are not alone.

According to Autodata Corp, overall car sales are up 20 percent since last year at this time. Sales of full-sized pick-up trucks in August is up 16 percent making it the strongest month since 2009.

With gas prices up and the economy still sluggish what has sparked this surge in new car spending and what does it mean for American consumer confidence?

A Martinez talks with KPCC's business blogger, Matt DeBord, about the sales surge.

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