• Gary Burden Posted: 7/31/2009 4:39pm PDT

    Well, I started a deal at a local dealership on Monday morning 7/27. The dealership began the process of getting my 95 chevrolet K1500 in the government site, they assured me that it would qualify for $4500. They claimed to finally have me in the system 7/29 at 6:30 pm. Said it took 12 hours to submit. Said that they are just waiting for the verification code? Well after several trips and calls to the dealer, here it is 7/31 at 6:30 pm and still no answer. Oh yea, they said I must wait for the verification to come through before I can take delivery of my new 09 Chevy truck. Spoke with outher area dealers, and they said they are not waiting for verifications. They are putting customers in the new vehicles and letting them go.I am thinking this dealer must be waiting on his check from the government before releasing the new one. There is no other holdups, financing has been approved since the first day. Can someone try to explain this? I would like to know if I can try to buy at another dealer, or do I have to stay locked in where I am now. The area dealers I have spoke with say there is no waiting period with them.

  • Ron Atwood Posted: 7/30/2009 3:48pm PDT

    I tradesd in a 1984 ranger pick up on a new Dodge Caliber. Drove it home and transfered my insurance and now six(6)days later they called me and said that my p.U. had been rejected by the feds and want me to return the new dodge or settle with an additional charge of $2200. What the heck do i do now, Guess the lawyers are gonna get busy.

  • James Posted: 7/28/2009 10:44pm PDT

    I live in Ohio, and the only dealers that have been approved by government for certification in this program are American companies (Ford, Chevolet, etc.) There is not a single Toyota or Honda dealer in Ohio that has been able to get registered to participate in the program. Now, I understand why the US Government would show favoritism towards US companies, but I question if this is legal under the rules of the program.

  • Sandy Lear Posted: 7/28/2009 6:45am PDT

    It appears, from the official website -- CARS.gov -- that many, many FORD dealerships ARE listed on the dealer locater list. I am experiencing a lot of difficulty with local New Hampshire TOYOTA dealerships, who seem to NOT be up to speed -- they claim that they have made application to be a participating dealer in the program, but they are NOT listed and none of them have received confirmation that they can process deals under the program. Perhaps TOYOTA dealers don't think they need to participate. But, I believe that if they dont, they will lose a big part of the market share to other companies, like FORD dealers that did not hesitate to get into the program. BUYERS: make your deal first with dealers, THEN tell them about your qualifying "CLUNKER." Alot of consumers do not understand the requirements. I have studied this for weeks !! AND the money may run out before my TOYOTA dealer gets his crap together !!!!!

  • rabbitdev Posted: 7/27/2009 1:49pm PDT

    I, too, used a 1999 Jeep Cherokee to move into a 2009 Honda fit using CARS money, and a trade-in of another car. However the dealership has yet to release the new car (although they have my trade-in, not the Jeep), until they get their "confirmation" email. I don't see why it's taking so long, if they registered on Friday.

  • Hoxx Posted: 7/27/2009 11:59am PDT

    I traded in my 1999 Jeep Cher. which was having issues for a 2009 Honda CRV. Very happy with the program and got me into a new car when I had no plans of doing so. It has flooded the dealerships with interested buyers. Many don't qualify but it is getting some of those to purchase anyway. It helps the dealers lower inventory, reduce their interest costs on inventory and the sales tax on purchases will help local communities.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 7/27/2009 11:35am PDT

    Agreed: it could've been much more beneficial to automakers, dealers, and consumers -- not to mention the environment. That said, given the crowds lining up at dealerships, it seems to be working. Maybe they'll revamp it and do it again in the future.

  • carlyt Posted: 7/27/2009 7:52am PDT

    Good attempt but not perfect trade in program. There is a related post at http://iamsoannoyed.com/?page_id=588