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Area residents are taking 'Cash for Clunkers' deal

FINGER LAKES—People in the area have responded tothe government’s CAR Allowance Rebate System (“Cash for Clunkers”) program, which started Friday, July 24.
“Cash for Clunkers” is a $1 billion government program. According to the CAR Allowance Rebate System Web site, its purpose is to help consumers buy or lease more environmentally friendly vehicles. People may be eligible to receive a $3,500 or $4,500 discount from participating dealers after trading in old vehicles.
Learn Motor just registered with the government program Monday, July 27. Mike Learn said as of Tuesday they were not listed on the official Web site of dealers ( and probably would not be for a few days. He added that the Web site went down this weekend.
Learn said that within the first day of being registered he had nine people ask about prices. He added that he had several sales pending and should finalize some soon.
“It’s brought in a lot of lookers,” he said.
Vanessa Conklin, sales manager for Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Penn Yan, said the crowds this weekend were huge. She said Friendly sold over 100 cars this weekend.
“The problem is volume,” she said. Conklin explained so many people have been coming in that either the dealership will run out of cars or the government will run out of funds for the program. She estimates that the fund will last two more weeks before there is no more money left for trade-ins.
She added scrap yards are telling her they cannot take in any more used cars. Tuesday morning she had already been told by one it was already taking in a number of cars from another dealer and could not take any more cars from Friendly at that time. As part of the “Cash for Clunkers” program, dealers must destroy old cars turned in. Conklin explained this is because the government wants to get rid of cars that are not fuel efficient.
For Friendly, the reason some people have not been able to qualify is that the cars were not insured. Conklin said the trade-in car has to have been insured for at least a year. She added other requirements include proof of registration, for at least one year. Conklin said that the deal is limited to one per household.
Of Learn Motors customers, several have not qualified, all for the same reason. Learn said each of those cars got more than 18 miles per gallon.
According to, there are other requirements. One is that the vehicle must not be more than 25 years old. The title must also be free of any liens.

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