Act fast, 'Cash for Clunkers' ends soon

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - If you've been thinking about taking advantage of the 'Cash for Clunkers' program, act fast because it ends on Monday.

The Obama Administration had to stop the program to avoid running out of funding.

Managers at car dealerships around Birmingham say this program boosted sales, and got people thinking about buying cars again.

The general manager of Jim Burke Automotive Group says the program has brought much needed sales to the dealership, and they're expecting a busy weekend.

"We've already started getting phone calls about clunkers," said Cecil Cox, "a lot of business will come in this weekend."

At Limbaugh Toyota in Ensley, business has also been strong, but the dealership is not participating in the program through the weekend, so they can take time to file the necessary paperwork.

"We have been told by government we will not get our money if we don't have it in by 7 p.m. Monday evening," said Bruce Limbaugh.

Several dealerships have complained about not getting their money back from the federal government. However, they still think the program was a success.

"We sold more cars in the last couple of months than all year," said Cox, "It has been a tremendous help."

No word on if the federal government will do this program again. It is estimated it prompted more than 457,000 transactions, and $1.9 billion in rebates.