Cash for Clunkers: the day after

August 25, 2009

One of the most popular programs brought in by the administration of President Barack Obama, “cash for clunkers”, which offered rebates of up to $4,500 to trade in older gas guzzlers, wrapped up on Monday.


Some auto dealers are concerned about the slow pace of reimbursements under the program and the low inventories that have followed in its wake.

(PHOTO: A clunker vehicle sits in a parking lot during the last day of the “Cash For Clunkers” auto rebate program at Courtesy Chevrolet dealership in Phoenix, Arizona, August 24, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott)

See the two video clips below. The first is of Cliff Johnson, president of Texas Motors Ford in Fort Worth, talking about his concerns. The other is from his new vehicle director, Jeremy Pirotte, who talks about inventories.

Government and industry officials say they do not expect the auto rebate program to be renewed in the immediate future, even though it has been popular with consumers and is considered a genuine economic stimulus at a time when the nation is in recession.


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Posted by Front Row Washington » Blog Archive » Cash for Clunkers: the day … | Cash For Clunkers | Report as abusive

What does it take to sell cars in the US? We now have a government bribe on top of zero-percent interest, manufacturers’ rebates and lifetime warranties.

Posted by Spike D Punch | Report as abusive

“What does it take to sell cars in the US? We now have a government bribe on top of zero-percent interest, manufacturers’ rebates and lifetime warranties.”

you will love this article

Posted by dvictr | Report as abusive

Hey, At least the government is getting the oil burning junks off the road. Hooray, now the vehicles have brakes and etc.

Posted by Richard Elliott | Report as abusive

hey dvictr…great article…read it all the way to the end. Hm. What a concept…using real money…

Posted by lady | Report as abusive

did the participators in the clunker plan get clunkered?It was revealed today that the people who used the scheme will have to declare the 4500 rebate in their tax returns. Was this sprung on them or were they pre warned before hand?if not it could be a trend that will be played out in the future as the Obama none tax promises evaporate.

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