DeSoto shoppers, dealers happy with Cash for Clunkers

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - DeSoto County car shoppers and dealers alike have positive things to say about the government program that offers big incentives to people trading in certain types of cars.

The Car Allowance Rebate System, popularly known as 'Cash for Clunkers,' offers up to $4,500 to buyers who trade in certain vehicles, and is driving up sales at DeSoto County auto dealerships.

"I think it's a great idea," Soutahven car shopper Robert Brown said Tuesday. "We have a lot of people that need cars, and to buy some of these gas guzzlers we have on the street, it's an opportunity for them to downsize."

The program has been good for business at Country Ford in Southaven, where sales manager Terry Pierce said more interest has equaled more sales.

"We've had a great increase in traffic," Pierce said. "We've actually done about 18 clunker deals."

To get the deal, your vehicle does has to meet certain requirement: You must have owned the vehicle, and kept in insured, over the past year.  If your 'clunker' meets certain mileage requirements, you may qualify from $3500 and $4500 on your trade.

Henry Ware, who owns Southaven Buick, Pontiac, GMC, says smart consumers can save even more on top of the program.

"The factory rebate or incentive is $4000 to $5000 dollars," Ware said. "That's $9000 dollars off the price of a vehicle before we even start any dollar discounts, so its definitely worth coming out."

Both dealerships said the wait for reimbursement checks is moving slowly, but they fully expect the money to come.

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