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Cash-For-Clunkers Continues, With Dealers Taking The Lead

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Remember Cash-for-Clunkers? Gee, that was fun. Wouldn't it be cool if we could keep those good times rolling? Well, that's exactly what 73 auto dealerships (and counting) have opted to do -- and their plan has fewer restrictions than the fed's. Check the video above for details, then click over to AutoStimulusPlan.com to find a participating showroom near you. And if you're a dealer, use the website to join the program's ranks. Looks like consumers really enjoy being showered with money after all. [AutoStimulusPlan.com via egmCarTech]

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  1. Looking at the site, there are precious few details. The 'stimulus calculator' is 'Coming Soon' and there is nothing at all to gauge what sort of 'allowance' one might get or what it is based on. Is the allowance on top of trade in value? Is it greater if I trade for a higher MPG vehicle? I'm guessing that it has more to do with the value of your trade than anything, just like any other car deal.
    The only way to find out if a dealer is participating is to cough up your info and then deal with all the sales calls and spam emails.
    Seems more like a way to build a database of folks thinking of buying a car than anything. If dealers want us to believe otherwise, they should provide more info.
     
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  2. According to the sources we cite, the clunker bucks come on top of the trade-in value. It's a new program, so I'm inclined to give the website a couple of days to ramp up to speed before completely dismissing it. So far, it seems legit.
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    I sincerely doubt that it's merely a ploy to harvest email addys -- although that's obviously a major benefit for participating dealers. When I sign up for those sorts of things, I tend to use a secondary email addy, not my primary one, just in case the spam starts flowing.
     
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  3. I am curious to see if this will work. It seems that consumers were already not interested in buying cars after the initial excitement for cash for clunkers. This seems like they are putting life support on a program that is no longer useful.
     
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  4. seems like nothing but a marketing gimick like cash back etc...
     
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  5. It's a fine move by the dealers-could help sell more cars-who knows?
     
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  6. Could be a sales promotion but interesting enough for me to look into it. Website says $4,500 additional trade-in value.
     
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  7. Nice trick to keep the sales going.
     
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  8. curious to see if this works. does feel a bit contrived - may just be that demand is slow for the next few months and it's going to be tough to kick start without broader/macro-economic improvements. interesting stuff
     
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  9. curious to see if this works. does feel a bit contrived - may just be that demand is slow for the next few months and it's going to be tough to kick start without broader/macro-economic improvements. interesting stuff
     
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  10. curious to see if this works. does feel a bit contrived - may just be that demand is slow for the next few months and it's going to be tough to kick start without broader/macro-economic improvements. interesting stuff
     
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  11. interesting program. a bit skeptical the demand is there regardless of their efforts. will be interesting to see how it works.
     
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