Chrysler Offers "Double CA$H" for Your Clunker

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
Actually, that’s misleading. “Everyone shopping for a new car or truck qualifies for an incentive of up to $4,500 — even if they don’t have a vehicle that qualifies under the U.S. Government’s program,” says ChryCo Sales VP Steven Beahm in a press release. “This incentive is great in that it’s easy to understand and available to everyone.” Which means that it’s actually nothing like the government’s CARS program, which is difficult to understand and not available to everyone. But, if you do have a qualifying clunker, you get the Chrysler incentive on top of $4,500 bucks from the feds for a total of $9,000 off the qualifying ChryCo product of your choice. But piggybacking on a government program doesn’t exactly improve Chrysler’s welfare queen image. Especially when the program it’s riding is so convoluted, over-hyped and under-delivering. And, like most of the Pentastar’s gimmicks, this incentive is also accompanied by a zero percent interest for 72 months offer. Which may well be a better deal than the buzzword-based cash incentive. But would it be summer without a Chrysler sales gimmick?
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  • Bunter1 Bunter1 on Jul 22, 2009

    CommanderFish-Agreed. '92 Miata, '95 Oddy. But it has been awhile (forever?) since our gov't did anything to encourage the responsible and productive members of our nation. Bunter

  • 50merc 50merc on Jul 22, 2009

    There's a saying in the life insurance biz, "Life insurance isn't bought, it's sold." I think that's true at Chrysler. Bunter1: "... it has been awhile (forever?) since our gov’t did anything to encourage the responsible and productive members of our nation." Well, sure, who else can the Government get money from to subsidize everybody else?

  • Steven Lang Steven Lang on Jul 22, 2009

    Have you seen the base price for a base PT cruiser? 18k for a 5-speed according to . If that's the case, then we'll need five figure rebates for even a remote sense of value.

  • Cory02 Cory02 on Jul 22, 2009

    I was browsing the local newspaper ads today and noticed that one Chrysler dealer is only advertising used cars while another has a brand new 2007 (yes, 2007) 300 SRT8 still in stock with a whole 10k off the sticker price.