• Alan Posted: 7/24/2009 12:46pm PDT

    I have read and re-read the 136 page document. Page 33 mentions a government interactive website to help determine if you qualify and how much you qualify for. You enter your trade in and the car you want to buy.... I have looked all day for this website and have yet to find it but it sure would simplify things.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 7/24/2009 2:17pm PDT

    That would likely be the CARS website: http://www.cars.gov. It's interactive in the sense that it's clickable, but there's not a walkthrough or anything.
    In their defense, it's the first day of the program, so I'd check back on Monday for an update. That's not to excuse them from having such a basic thing ready to go on launch day, simply an acknowledgment that government doesn't always move as swiftly as one would like.

  • jwhenry Posted: 7/25/2009 4:12am PDT

    You can either Lease or buy a new car to use the cash for clunkers program. It has to be new vehicles and not used ones.

  • karenc Posted: 7/27/2009 7:46am PDT

    Because of its many restrictions, a lot of cars will not be eligible for a voucher. A good alternative, in these cases, is charity car donation. The donor gets a tax deduction and the charity gets the proceeds from the sale of the donated car.

  • Alan Posted: 7/27/2009 10:38am PDT

    OK so I'm trading in my 86 GMC pickup (11mpg) for a new Honda Accord tomorrow. The dealer says he finally has everything in place. This deal has been on hold for weeks waiting for the official guidelines. I feel like I am getting an incredible deal but this is exactly what the program is designed for - to get old clunkers off the road and to stimulate the economy at the same time. I would not be buying a new car without this program. Hopefully everything will go smoothly tomorrow and I'll have my new car at $4,500 discount and there will be one less old polluting gas guzzler off the road. I'll let you know if all went well at the Honda dealer.

  • Alan Posted: 7/29/2009 12:28pm PDT

    Ok I got my new Honda and they took the old 86 GMC pickup for "cash for clunkers" and credited $4,500 toward the new car. They knew I drove the truck there but they still took the truck out and drove it just to be sure it was "driveable". Then they poured something into the engine to ruin the engine. They were very thorough to be sure they did exactly what the Federal government said to do. I might want to mention that they said they have people waiting in line to cash in and that they guess the program's billion dollars will be spent within only a few weeks. If you are interested you better get with it soon. Good luck.

  • jsmith Posted: 3/4/2010 2:15am PST

    simply an acknowledgment that government doesn't always move as swiftly as one would like.
    Buying New Cars