After writing about a car dealer in Chicago who was offering a PT Cruiser for $1 for customers buying a $40,000 luxury SUV, I now find a two-for-one deal happening in Brussels.

Reuters reports that through Dec. 15, a Belgian car dealer is giving customers one car after they buy a more expensive model. They choose from a range of new, full-price cars -- the cheapest a 22,800 euro ($28,930) Hyundai van -- and then they can pick a second free vehicle from a selection that goes up to 14,000 euros.

The move by auto dealer Cardoen is one that other car companies have tried as the auto industry undergoes a global meltdown. Cardoen could do this buy one, get one free deal because distributors in southern Europe were desperate to move cars off their lots and were selling them to Cardoen at steep discounts.

Reuters also reported similar deals in the United States. Chicago's Bettenhausen Dodge sells two cars for the price of one, and the deal gets better at Rob Lambdin's University Dodge in Miami with a "Buy one, get two!" sale.

The Bennenhausen dealership first offered a deal of a second vehicle for $1 after buying a car, truck or minivan. That deal ended within a week because it was so successful, so the dealership started a second program promoting the buy two cars for the price of one special.

At a time when the Big Three automakers are begging Congress for money, maybe it's time for American taxpayers to get this deal every time they step onto one of their car lots.

Aaron Crowe is an unemployed journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read about his job hunt at www.talesofanunemployeddad.blogspot.com

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    ** FILE ** In this Nov. 28, 2006 file photo, golfer Tiger Woods helps to introduce the 2008 Buick Enclave to the media at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Pasadena, Calif. General Motors Corp. says it will end its endorsement deal with Tiger Woods at the end of the year. GM said in a statement Monday Nov. 24, 2008 that it is looking to reduce costs, and that the star golfer also wants more personal time as he expects his second child. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)

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    ** FILE ** In this Nov. 28, 2006 file photo, Chairman and CEO of General Motors Rick Wagoner, left, and PGA golfer Tiger Woods introduce the 2008 Buick Enclave at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Pasadena, Calif. General Motors Corp. says it will end its endorsement deal with Tiger Woods at the end of the year. GM said in a statement Monday Nov. 24, 2008 that it is looking to reduce costs, and that the star golfer also wants more personal time as he expects his second child. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

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    Consumers play race cars at the Ford Fusion Challenge stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. The crowds at the show are a reluctant bunch this year. Anxious about the economy, the future of the Detroit Three automakers and the unpredictability of gas prices, few said they had any intention of buying a new car anytime soon. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    Brandon James 2, from Long Beach Calif. gets behind the wheel of the Cadillac XLR convertible with his aunt Sue Burkitt, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. The crowds at the show are a reluctant bunch this year. Anxious about the economy, the future of the Detroit Three automakers and the unpredictability of gas prices, few said they had any intention of buying a new car anytime soon. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    Consumers interact with video consoles next to the newly introduced 2009 Volvo XC 60, displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. The crowds at the show are a reluctant bunch this year. Anxious about the economy, the future of the Detroit Three automakers and the unpredictability of gas prices, few said they had any intention of buying a new car anytime soon. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    Car fan Clay Waters, 12, originally from Montgomery, Ala., gets behind the wheel of a Smart 2009 Passion Cabriolet at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. The crowds at the show are a reluctant bunch this year. Anxious about the economy, the future of the Detroit Three automakers and the unpredictability of gas prices, few said they had any intention of buying a new car anytime soon. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    The bottom of a Ford Mustang 2009 is displayed to consumers at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. The crowds at the show are a reluctant bunch this year. Anxious about the economy, the future of the Detroit Three automakers and the unpredictability of gas prices, few said they had any intention of buying a new car anytime soon. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    Ron Myers, 65, comments on his lifetime ownership of American made trucks at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. A new concept electric Chrysler LCC Jeep EV is seen behind. The crowds at the show are a reluctant bunch this year. Anxious about the economy, the future of the Detroit Three automakers and the unpredictability of gas prices, few said they had any intention of buying a new car anytime soon. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    A consumer walks through a cutaway 2008 Ford Taurus crash car displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. The crowds at the show are a reluctant bunch this year. Anxious about the economy, the future of the Detroit Three automakers and the unpredictability of gas prices, few said they had any intention of buying a new car anytime soon. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    The new Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 Coupe, a permanent 4-wheel drive 6.5L Engine/12 cylinder supercar, is seen at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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