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Fuel efficient cars draw interest of consumers

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Crude oil prices closed at $105 a barrel Tuesday, and it's impact on fuel prices has us all looking for ways to save. Some local car dealerships are seeing a rise in customer interest of cost-effective cars.

As cars pass through on Highway 20 in Dubuque, the price of gas stands tall along the roadside.

"Car buying trends are defiantly going to more efficient cars. There's defiantly still a need for big cars for big families," said Doug Warthan, President and Owner of Kruse-Warthan Dubuque Auto Plaza.

Warthan says he's seen an increase in traffic in the last month, specifically people asking about hybrid cars.

"You see a lot bigger hybrid presence in the big cities. Because they're doing a lot more in town driving. In Iowa and Midwest we've got a lot more highway driving," Warthan said.

Which can sometimes make the hybrid versions of cars, like the Hyundai Sonata, not the most ideal way to beat the rising gas prices.

"I would just make sure you really do your research, make sure it fits into what you really want to do," Warthan said.

If you do a lot of in town driving, a hybrid or electric car is certainly the way to go. And Warthan says there are electric charging stations are popping up across the Midwest, making it easier for cars that are electric to just plug in and re-charge. And as gas continues to get higher Warthan says alternative and efficient cars will continue to move forward.

If you purchase a hybrid or energy efficient car, You may qualify for a tax credit of up to $7,500.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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