‘Cash for Clunkers’ ending, has been big help for Rockwall auto dealers
By J.J. Smith.Â Now that the federal government has announced theÂ ”Cash for Clunkers” program in ending Aug. 24, Rockwall areaÂ auto dealers say theÂ programÂ has been a big help for boosting sales during the past two months, although collecting payments has been very difficult.
Randall Noe HyundaiÂ chose not to participate in the program, according to Sales Manager Scott Morlino, because they knewÂ being paid by theÂ federal government could be difficult and theyÂ preferred not to take thatÂ chance.
The Clunkers program has really stirred the public up, according to Holliman.Â Â Many more customers have visited the dealership and inquired about the program.
“It’s a heck of a deal for car and truck buyers!”
On the other hand, he said it’s a two-pronged situation because it’s been an administrative nightmare for dealers and the goverment.
“The government vastly underestimated the popularity of this program!”
Heritage owner Bobo agrees that the government has been very slow to pay on the paperwork they’ve submitted.
“But we still have benefited from the Clunkers program. Not only did it boost sales, we’ve even sold cars and trucks to people who didn’t qualify but decided to purchase from us anyway,” he added.
Bobo added that another State program may be of interest to people who are thinking about purchasing a new car but couldn’t qualify for the $4,500 Clunkers discount on a new auto.
“Aircheck Texas is aÂ similar program which offers $3,000 on trade-ins for older cars and trucks.Â It ran out of money a while back, but by September there should be money in the program againÂ so that driversÂ inÂ North Texas can take advantage of the trade-in program.”
For more information about the program, see Aircheck Texas.
Holliman and Bobo said that both dealerships still have a good selection of cars and trucks to choose from with the Cars for Clunkers program through August 24.
The Lakeside sales department will be open Friday and Monday until 7:30 pm. and Saturday from 8 am – 5:30 pm.
Heritage’s sales department willÂ be open atÂ FridayÂ and Monday nights until 9 pm and Saturday from 8 amÂ - 6 pm.
Both dealerships are closed Sunday.