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The New York Times
April 5, 1914

High Prices Prevail, and There is a Field for American Makers.

The growth of the automobile trade in Rumania is described by United States Consul General Charles Campbell, Jr., stationed at Bucharest, in a recent report.  He says:

"There is at present a large and growing trade in automobiles in Rumania, in which American manufacturers and distributors of motor cars could very easily participate to a much greater extent than they do.  The demand here is for large, showy cars, equipped with all the latest devices, self-starters, electric lights, &c.  No cars are manufactured in Rumania, and a stock of repair parts here is necessary before a large demand could be expected.  Prices are high. Most cars are sold for part cash and the remainder, perhaps three-fourths or half of the purchase price, on secured paper, which is easily discounted at the local banks.  American exporters interested should communicate directly with this office and be prepared to send a representative to Bucharest.  The local dealers are now agents for as many lines as they care to handle."

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