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WebXtra: Too many clunkers, too little cash

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The program promised to give a helping hand, but some say organizers weren't prepared for its success.

Lawmakers have voted to pump $2 billion into the popular "Cash for Clunkers" program. Thursday night confusing reports on the status of the one billion dollar program left many wondering if it could continue after its first week.

"Official phone call, email, fax, telegram, anything, we've heard nothing from anybody other than what news media has reported that it was suspended and then it wasn't suspended," says Lively Cadillac GMC Dealer, John Ray Lively. "As far as I'm concerned it was suspended because I'm not going to put customers or this store in jeopardy waiting on the United States government to figure out what's going on."

Dealers say the biggest problem is communication. The government operated CARS website where dealers submit incoming "clunkers" sustained numerous crashes throughout the past week. Some car salesman say processing time for one vehicle alone sometimes took up to an hour, often locking up in the final application steps.

Dealers we spoke with today say they're putting the program on hold until they're positive more money will be pushed into the program to cover the cost of the clunkers sitting on their lots.

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