• Erik Frisk Posted: 8/15/2009 10:56am PDT

    I can't believe the press that this has received. This should have a more cautionary tone. It's an advertising/marketing campaign, aimed at capturing personal info for people who can't get the official rebate, and holding on to the potential sale. It's not helpful, and it's nothing out of the ordinary, except it's an organized form of the traditional minimum-trade scam that dealers have been trying for ages (not an actual incentive). Of course something gives along the way. Of all the searching around I've done on this (after being puzzled by this piece), only a few sources, like the Detroit News, didn't completely rewrite a press release and explained that one of the underlying motives is to restock used-car inventories. These cars won't be scrapped or recycled, so the parallels to CARS are bogus. These clunkers will just end up on the used-car lot, marked up, you won't get much better of a deal in the end, and you'll have a car payment.

  • L. Scanlan Posted: 8/15/2009 6:20am PDT

    This looks to me like a way for dealers to get your contact information and then endlessly pester you. If this is a real incentive program, put the information on the web about what incentive is available in each state on each new vehicle. I think this program is bogus.

  • ana baena Posted: 8/14/2009 6:35pm PDT

    This makes sense because i did not qualify because of my current cars mpg but i want to buy a car that gets 12 mpg better fuel economy and i don't qualify for the governments program. I was planning on leasing an accord for 36 months (which the govt program does not allow) because the payments are $250 but with this program they should be less than $200. I still think the government should allow consumers like me to get the credit on top of the dealer credit. They should also allow consumers to buy used cars, as long as they improve thier fuel economy, just like this dealer program. Why can't the government use these rules, they make more sense.