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CARS Program Continues To Screw Dealers To The Bitter End [UPDATE!]

Posted in auto industry, Cars, Cash for Clunkers, Newsworthy by Nathan Redden | August 24th, 2009 | 4 Responses |
Inconvenience?  Give me my money!

Inconvenience? Give me my money!

You may already know that the government’s CARS program (aka Cash for Clunkers) ends tonight at 8pm ET. Only 7% of all rebate requests have been honored, and dealers have until tonight to submit their transactions. Good luck. What you see above is essentially what every dealer in America sees today when they sign-in to www.cars.gov/dealersupport and click “Submit Transaction”. The massive deluge of traffic has rendered the site useless. This is the same problem experienced immediately following the launch in July. Only this time, there probably won’t be an extension and the dealers won’t be reimbursed. Those that do make it through can expect the site to crash repeatedly while attempting to upload the numerous documents required to received payment. Seriously guys, fuck you.

[UPDATE!] The NADA has reached out to dealers to get some feedback and lobby for an extension. The result? An extra 15 hours! Thanks, assholes!

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4 Responses

  1. Gina says:

    I personally know dealers have already taken this into account, that the gov will screw them. So they risen their cars prices to $3000 more than the normal value to defense with bullshit like this from the government. My dad wanted to trade an a clunker for a Civic EX that usually cost around $19k. But with the clunker program, Civic EX are being sold at $22k. Thus my dad did not trade in his clunker and wait for the program to be over and get a better deal b/c his friend that work there told him to do so.

  2. Bearadise says:

    How can anyone possibly believe that our federal government is capable of handling a complete overhaul of our health system when a supposedly straight-forward, relatively small scheme like Cash-for-Cars has turned into such a debacle?

  3. Bearadise says:

    Cash-for-Cars? Sorry, meant Cash-for-Clunkers.

  4. Suzanne Denbow says:

    @Gina: You’re biasing your data set against an isolated incident, the reality of the situation is far less convenient. Dealers have been screwed, and the government didn’t even buy them dinner first.