Sunday, July 26, 2009

Music To Michigan Ears: Cash For Clunkers A Big Hit

Sure wish we would have done this sooner. From WZZM TV13 in Grand Rapids, two of the biggest car dealers in West Michigan are saying they are "having a hard time keeping cars on the lot."

"It has been excellent," said Keller-Ford salesperson Pat Kelly. "It's to the point where quite frankly, we don't have enough coverage for the people coming in."

Dealers across West Michigan are seeing cars fly of of the lot because of the new program. Chrysler Dealer Harold Zeigler is amassing a small graveyard of clunkers in their back lot.

"This has been the craziest 48 hours, and I've done this for 20 years, the craziest that I've ever seen," said General Manager and Vice President Scott Comar. "We've had 500 people either stop in, call in or on the internet contacting us to find out what's going on."
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is going to officially kick off the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) program Monday in D.C. - it will run until the trade-ins on old cars reaches $1 billion. Not sure how they will know when that happens; some dealers are speculating that it might have already happened. That seems a bit far-fetched, but if this is going on at dealers all over the country...