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News Feed Item Celebrates the Success of Its Cash for Clunkers Calculator Cash for Clunkers Calculator Helps Consumers Determine If Their Vehicle Qualifies For The Rebate Program

NEW YORK, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The most popular feature on is the Cash for Clunkers Calculator, which helps consumers determine if their current vehicle is eligible for up to $4,500 toward the purchase of a more fuel-efficient new car within 3 quick clicks of a mouse. While visiting the website, consumers can use the calculator, research new vehicles that qualify and contact a dealership -- all without leaving the comfort of their home. has an easy-to-use Cash for Clunkers Calculator that quickly helps consumers determine whether they qualify for a government funded rebate and the website helps consumers get product and pricing information from a licensed dealer for new vehicles that qualify. Consumers like the convenience of inquiring online to get product and pricing information directly from the dealer. Other organizations that have put together similar tools include NADA, Auto trader and Kelly Blue Book. is a consumer information portal, not a government website, so it is designed to give the consumer a simple summary of the program with tips on how to maximize the value of the rebate based on the car they decide to buy. The NHTSA, the government agency administering the program, says, "You are not required to sign up or enroll in this program. Participating new car dealers will apply a credit, reducing the price you pay at the time of your purchase or lease, provided the vehicle meets the program requirements." To make it easy for consumers to connect with a participating dealer online rather than wasting gas driving around town, the website helps consumers inquire directly to the dealer to get pricing information over the internet. Spanish speaking consumers can visit to use the same functionality.

Celebrities Support

Due to the popularity of its Clunker Calculator and valuable consumer information, has received support from celebrities like Dancing With The Stars' Cristian de la Fuente and Ugly Betty star Angelica Vale to educate consumers about the program. In addition, Alfonso Aguilar, the former Chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship, is also a spokesperson for the organization due to the large impact the bill has on the Latino community and other immigrant groups.

"This government subsidy will make it easy for people to get a new car that is a lot less expensive to operate and maintain because of the great gas mileage and lack of repair costs," said Cristian de la Fuente "It is great to see the government funded automotive bailout helping hard working people who need the financial support." Angelica Vale added, "Finally consumers are getting a bail out, because they are benefiting by up to $4500 a person." Since a large number of the clunkers on the road are owned by minorities and immigrants, these communities will benefit significantly from this legislation. "We have passionately supported Cash For Clunkers because of its positive impact on the environment, economy, consumers and its benefits for hundreds of Hispanic American communities whose livelihoods are tied to the auto industry," said Alfonso Aguilar, the previous U.S. Chief of Citizenship and Immigration. "This legislation will create thousands of new jobs for all Americans who work in the many business that serve the automotive industry." Encourages Manufacturers and Dealers to Offer More continues to encourage dealers and manufactures to create their own Cash for Clunkers program to offer additional incentives to consumers above and beyond the government program. We believe that the winning formula is to have Manufacturers and dealers contributing to the government funded program to maximize the positive effect on the economy and the environment. We will continue to promote a blended strategy of the public and private sectors working together to maximize the impact of the program.

Dealers Add Incentives to Government Rebate Program:

The biggest supporters of the Cash For Clunkers bill have been manufacturers and local car dealers who see it as an opportunity to boost their own businesses and regional economies which are heavily dependent on car sales. "We understand that we cannot sell every car that qualifies for the program but we are doing our best to inform all the consumers in our market so they can take advantage of this unique opportunity while it lasts," said Brian Benstock, partner of the largest certified pre-owned Honda/Acura dealer in the world. Many large automotive groups have launched consumer information portals to educate the consumers in their local markets about how the program works. "By informing more consumers we will help them, the economy and the environment and that is definitely worth the effort of launching the websites regardless of whether or not we are the dealer they buy from," said Scott Gruwell from Courtesy Chevrolet. Some of the largest dealers in the world are sponsoring regional consumer information sites that educate the public about how the program works. Some of the sites are in Phoenix Arizona is sponsored by, in Washington DC and Virginia is sponsored by, in New York City is sponsored by and helps consumers in Florida, Atlanta, Ohio and across the United States. Consumers are flocking to these sites because they make it easy to see if they qualify for the program while also making it easy to inquire about pricing directly to the dealer over the internet. These top dealers and other large dealerships are also providing consumers with additional incentives above and beyond what the government provides to incent consumers to use their government funded rebates with their organizations. In addition, consumers that don't qualify for the government program can still benefit from the extraordinary dealer and manufacturer incentive programs available due to high inventory levels and manufacturer programs designed to woo the clunker consumer to spend their government funded rebate with them.

About the Name - Cash For Clunkers

Our websites refer to all the international and national vehicle scrappage programs as "Cash For Clunkers" because of the popular name given to the concept by the public and the press. While making its way through congress there were many bills with many names so the public and the press commonly referred to all versions of the bill as the "Cash for Clunkers" program. For this reason many consumer information sites, including ours, have utilized this universally understood term to refer to the many programs that exist in the world, some funded by the government (C.A.R.S) and others financed by automotive retailers. To learn more about Cash for clunkers visit some of the websites below.

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