'Clunkers' Program Expires Tonight

August 24, 2009|By Don Markus

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.

TOP SELLERS:

1. Toyota Corolla

2. Honda Civic

3. Ford Focus front-wheel drive

4. Toyota Camry

5. Hyundai Elantra

6. Toyota Prius

7. Nissan Versa

8. Ford Escape front-wheel drive

9. Honda Fit

10. Honda CR-V 4-wheel drive

TOP TRADE-INS:

1. Ford Explorer 4-wheel drive

2. Ford F-150 pickup

3. Jeep Grand Cherokee

4. Jeep Cherokee

5. Ford Explorer 2-wheel drive

6. Dodge Caravan/Grand

Caravan 2-wheel drive

7. Chevrolet Blazer 4-wheel drive

8. Ford F-150 pickup 4-wheel drive

9. Chevrolet C15000 pickup 2-wheel drive

10. Ford Windstar front-wheel drive van

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