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February 5, 2013

Business in Brief: 02/05/2013

Southwest doubles Grand Rapids service

GRAND RAPIDS — Southwest Airlines plans to double its daily service to Grand Rapids after absorbing AirTran routes into its system.

The airline announced the move Monday, saying the change takes effect Aug. 11 at Gerald Ford International Airport.

Southwest says it will operate daily flights from Grand Rapids to Baltimore-Washington, Denver, Orlando and St. Louis international airports.

The airline says it will have six daily flights from Grand Rapids, compared with AirTran's three. It's cutting fares to promote the move for tickets bought by Feb. 17.

Southwest bought AirTran in 2011.

Southwest says it also will absorb AirTran flights from Flint Bishop International Airport to Baltimore-Washington, Orlando and Tampa Bay, And it will add a flight from Flint to Las Vegas on Aug. 11.

Schuette warns of Sandy used car scams

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning residents to be on the lookout for potential used car buying scams.

Schuette's office issued a consumer alert Monday warning Michigan residents of dealers trying to sell refurbished cars without mentioning flood damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The attorney general's office says many flood damaged cars have begun to re-enter the country's auto market since the October storm.

Schuette suggests residents take a few steps before buying a used car to avoid being scammed. His tips include getting an inspection independent of the seller and looking up the car's history online.

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