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The auto industry is on the rebound just several years after American car makers received millions of dollars in federal bailout money.

Nissan North America, which is based in Middle Tennessee, saw US car sales increase by more than 10 percent this month in comparison to November 2012, according to The Tennessean.

Chrysler also saw its sales go up 16 percent. While General Motors and Ford saw saw sales increase by rates of 14 and 7 percent respectively.

UT economics professor Matt Murray said the growing economy is fueling the trend. He said Americans pockets simply have more money, making it possible for them to buy new cars.

The Tennessean: Auto Sales Rise in November

Charles West, the president of West Chevrolet in Alcoa, agrees.

"I just think the economy's improving, fuel prices have leveled off," he said.

West added that sales are up at his dealership by 23 percent over the year.

He's not the only dealer seeing a sales increase either. At Twin City Nissan in Alcoa, more cars are coming off the lot too.

They say automakers are enticing customers with more deals.

"Honda, Madza, Nissan especially right now, what they're doing now is offering zero percent on a lot of the product," said Twin City Nissan General Manager Edward Naser.

He said that means you can buy a car with a zero percent interest rate and still have the same amount of payments as you would on a used vehicle.

Murray said he expects sales to eventually level out either next year or in 2015 as sales figures approach their pre-recession rates.

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