Comments on: German ‘cash for clunkers’ out of gas just before vote Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dave Heins Thu, 03 Sep 2009 12:00:50 +0000 As a Used Car Department Manager, I think the Cash for Clunkers (CARS) program pulled in customers who would not have purchased a new car this year. The real problem is that the people who did not qualify are seemingly waiting for their chance at a great deal. Once a more normal buying pattern returns, the industry will be more stable, but probably not a hot bed of activity for quite some time.