Clunkers Program Keeps On Through Weekend

August 1, 2009 6:50:20 PM PDT
Dealers in Fresno said 'Cash for Clunkers' is kind of a mixed blessing. They're getting a lot more business, but it comes with some complicated paper work.One sales manager in Madera said business is good this week but filling out the paper work is creating a real headache. This Dodge Ram pick-up is off to car heaven. It's engine has been destroyed and now all it's good for is scraps.

"I don't think the average person realizes what it takes to process, just to kill one of these old gas guzzlers," said Kevin Cavin.

General sales manager Kevin Cavin at Pistoresi in Madera said once the government announced the Cash for Clunkers program business increased and so did the paper work.

Cavin: "We got deals lined up and took deposits. We were ready, waiting in line for the flag to drop."

Cavin parked most of those trade-ins on the back lot. Cavin said the offer is so appealing people like Darrell Green are bringing in relatively new vehicles to see if they qualify for the program.

"The government don't give you, very often give you too many chances getting any money from them so I figured I better take advantage of while the getting is good," said Green.

But that does mean on average an extra hour of paper work to fill out and process along with the sale of the new car.

Cavin: "With the way business has been the last year, year in a half we're to the point were just about anything is worth it."

Managers we spoke to said people are flooding dealerships right now because they do not know when this rebate program will end. Cavin said he is not worried about reimbursement. He feels certain the government will honor deals made this weekend.

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