Cash for Clunkers Popular Locally

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

The popularity of the 'Cash for Clunkers' program has reached east Mississippi. Local dealers say they're being inundated with people who want to trade their old cars in for something more fuel efficient, and get a $4500 break from the federal government in return.

John O'Neil Johnson dealerships in Meridian have already traded-in about 30 clunkers. And they say they are hoping more people will take advantage of the huge savings while it lasts.

A clunker is a catchy word for the car that might be becoming an eyesore or unreliable. The dealers say it's a win-win situation, and it's increasing business at the dealership.

Older vehicles that might draw $500 as a trade-in will be worth $3500 to $4500.

"The news that broke, I guess a week ago, kind of created a sense of urgency for people," said Will Wilkinson of John O'Neil Johnson. "So you really started seeing them come in at the point in time when they thought the program would be suspended at any time."

And it's still not known how long the program will last. The clunkers will sit on the lot until dealers get their money from the federal government. When will that be? No one knows right now, but the dealers at Johnson didn't seem too worried about that.


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  • by jimhenry Location: oakpark on Aug 11, 2009 at 02:24 AM
    Even with Cash for Clunkers never forget to negotiate the car price. Jimhenry Blogger www.cashforclunkersfacts.info http://www.cashforclunkersfacts.info
  • by Maurice on Aug 5, 2009 at 09:04 PM
    To A Taxpayer Too...your stupidity doesn't deserve an intelligent response, however I will give you a moment. Many taxpayers, including myself, are not looking for a break. We are just tired of this administration giving away trillions of dollare to benefit a few thousand people. If you can't understand that, then, you are worst than I thought.
  • by Another of Obama's "Gifts"- No thank you!! Location: Lauderdale on Aug 5, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    Maurice is right! Why is it that the working class people foot the bill while some sit back and relax with their hands out?! This Cash for Clunkers is a smokescreen! I have to pay for my vehicle- so why are my tax dollars now going to help someone else pay for theirs?! Of course this is just one of many examples of what the current govt admin. has proposed that take from the "rich" (and NOT so rich like me)and give to the "poor" (or let's be honest- the lazy, govt handout receivers). Do they think they're Robin Hood? I am sick to death of constantly learning of new ways the govt thinks they are going to "help" us. How about HELP YOURSELVES already? That's what I do! The "poor" have plenty of options they chose waste- free college grants for instance. (I am still paying back my student loans- no govt handout for me since I'm not a "minority"). Another thing- govt needs to stay out of our healthcare- Medicaid/Medicare don't work, why do some think Obama's plan will?!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    Take a bus, take a taxi, put your feet to use, get a bike, but don't take my tax money to pay for someone else's car. Six months of the year I work 65 to 70 hours a week.The rest of the year I only work about 45 hours a week. I have bills that need to be paid too, and no one is helping me. Maybe if someone paid my bills I could rest some.
  • by A TAX PAYER TO... Location: MERIDIAN on Aug 5, 2009 at 05:27 AM
    TO MAURICE.. OOH WHAT EVER, COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN , COMPLAIN...WHAT U TRYING TO SAY....U BEATING AROUND THE BUSH JUST SAY IT, SOME PEOPLE WHO WORK NEEDS A BREAK, I'M SURE THEY WOULDN'T BE TRYING TO GET A CAR IF THEY DIN'T WORK , SOOOOO THEY PAY THE SAME TAX DOLLARS AS U DO, DUH!!! GET A CLUE....
  • by Maurice on Aug 5, 2009 at 05:00 AM
    If the government wants to givr our money away, how about this.... $4500.00 to employers for each employee hired. The employer geta break, the employee gets a needed job, the taxpayers get most of their money back the first year of employment. With the current high unemployment rate, all forms of government have a shortage of needed tax money. This stimulus would be much more helpfull overall.
  • by Maurice on Aug 4, 2009 at 08:40 PM
    Another government give-a-way of the working class people. This is not free money. Basicaly I have to pay for someone elses new car. No choise here just take it from the taxpayers. At what point are the working class going to get tired of the government giving our money away on programs that only benifit a few. Our paychecks are being taxed and given away. How long will the people take this. Time to clear out the current officials, in exchange for ones who are for the people who foot the bills for the drains on the great country.
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