...for every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
Today, our dealership will most likely begin contracting deals that will include cars brought in to be destroyed under the new C.A.R.S. program, aka Cash For Clunkers. This program has got to be one of the biggest headaches I've seen yet in the auto industry. The stipulations that have to be met are frustrating because they require documents that many customers do not have readily available. And even though they are about to get up to $4,500 towards a car that is worth nowhere near that much, the customer is getting frustrated with how to produce these documents and having to put in the leg work to do so.
Coupled with the fact that, as usual, the government isn't entirely clear on what documents "exactly" are acceptable, and you not only have grey area that is difficult to define, but you have upset customers and crappy survey scores that will be a result of the entire mess.
The other bitch in this whole thing is that the government has put $1 billion into this program, which when divided mathematically into the average rebate and the number of dealers participating nationwide, gives each dealer about 12 vouchers to use. We had, at one time, 80-100 people on our list of interested customers. Can you say clusterfuck?
Anyway, I strongly advise you to stay away from dealerships over the coming week, unless you want to see a bunch of pissed off people lunging at each other's throats :)
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