With tonight's 8 p.m. deadline for the "Cash for Clunkers" program approaching, automobile dealerships were trying to finish the paperwork on those sales they had already made. Many dealerships turned away a few customers Sunday. Kevin Cary, a salesman at Antwerpen Hyundai who estimated the dealership had done 50 "Clunkers" deals in the past month, was told Saturday night by his general manager to stop because the dealership had yet to be paid by the U.S. government. Antwerpen Toyota salesman Sean Brockington said the program was a huge success. "A lot of people who had beat up old cars drove away happy," Brockington said.
Nearly a half-million 'Clunkers' deals made
Auto dealers have made 489,269 sales under the government's $3 billion "Cash for Clunkers" rebate program, according to data released Friday by the Department of Transportation. The total value of the rebates claimed by dealers stood at $2 billion. The following is a list of the top-selling vehicles under the program and the most popular trade-ins.
1. Toyota Corolla
2. Honda Civic
3. Ford Focus front-wheel drive