The state budget crunch has been hard on North Carolina's car dealers this year.
Normally the state of North Carolina buys 2,000 new automobiles each year, says Britt Cobb, the secretary of administration. But because of the fiscal crisis no new cars were purchased in 2009, saving the state between $10 million and $15 million, Rob Christensen reports.
State cars are typically sold after 110,000 miles, but they are now being kept in service. So far, Cobb says, the state has not had any major problems with keeping the state cars on the road longer. Cobb said the state cars are well-maintained. The oil is changed every 4,000 miles.