Region 8 car dealers reflect on Cash for Clunkers program

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Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) - "We've got 34 clunkers in the back back there that we're processing right now, so that's a big percentage of our business," said Robbie Jones.

Business is good according to Honda of Jonesboro General Manager, Robbie Jones.  He says even if customers cars didn't qualify as clunkers, the program still brought business. He says they probably moved about 50 cars off the lot thanks in large part  to Cash for Clunkers.

"There's been a lot of folks that come in that didn't qualify.   They were here anyway so they went ahead and bought cars while they were here," said Jones.

"We're just under 60, probably between the 55 to 57 range," said Gabe Gossett.

General Manager Gabe Gossett says almost 60 clunkers brought to Central Toyota alone equals huge numbers for the dealership in a relatively short amount of time.

"If you figure 55 to 57 cars approximately 20 thousand dollars a car so probably a little more than a million dollars in floor plan," said Gossett.

Gossett says around a million dollars in vehicles driven off the lot is welcome news.  He says the new cars are coming in at a slower pace so they'll work harder to meet the needs of their customers.

"There are going to be customers that need cars this fall, this winter, and what are we going to do to get the correct vehicle for that customer," said Gossett.

"We've sold 22 of the clunkers," said Brian Casey.

At Buick Pontiac GMC, General Manager Brian Casey, says his business is up between 30 to 40 percent.  He says not only has his dealership prospered, he believes GM, as a whole, did too.

"It brought a lot of customers into the market that wouldn't be there otherwise," said Casey.

Now that those new customers are in the market, Casey says he's confident they'll remain--even if that $4500 dollar deal is done.

"This dealership is real consistent and we have a lot of repeat customers so I don't think that's going to be a problem,"said Casey.

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