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If you've got a clunker you've been meaning to trade in, you'd better take the rest of the day off, 'cause the whole Cash-for-Clunkers program winds up at 8 pm tonight.
Here's our checklist of steps for anyone who's still hoping to get those $3,500 or $4,500 rebates for a new car that gets at least 22 miles per gallon (for $3,500) or at least 10 miles per gallon better than the traded-in clunker (for the full $4,500):
- Make Sure Your Dealer Is Still Taking Clunkers. Many have already stopped doing clunker deals. No sense in visiting unless they confirm they'll actually take your car.
- Make Sure They Have The Car You Want. Dealers may not have the most popular high-mileage models, including the Ford Focus. The 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid is almost sold out too.
- Get Your Paperwork Together. If you don't have all the documents showing the car has been continuously registered and insured under your name for one year, you're out of luck.
- Make Sure Your Car Qualifies. Your salesperson can also do this, but you can check the list online at the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) website.
- Get Down There, NOW!
For more details on the wind-down of the Clunkers program, see the full report at our sister site GreenCarReports.com.