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Looks like my wonderful partially federally funded car purchase is dead.  With the sudden cut off of the "cash for clunkers" program at Monday, August 24th at 8 PM (not sure which time zone...) I am dead in the water.  I won't be able to pull together all the paperwork for the car loan payoff in time so it is sayonara to sucking off the federal teat.  The car dealer is pissed because a whole bunch of deals are going to go south the same way mine is.  The government didn't even notify the dealers that this was happening.  The dealer's wife saw it on the news this morning and called him.  From the Fed?  Not a word.

However, it is not a tragedy. I was trying to put off closing the deal until after we got back from bringing the kids up to their respective dorms (eek - next Friday!) and returned from vacation.  If that's not going to happen, I will get my $500 deposit back and we'll start over.  Sigh.  

I love Mr. Obama and I believe in him but seriously - you come up with one of the first good ideas in government in a really long time, you should have handled it better than this!  It should have been funded better, run more seamlessly and you should have taken advantage of some of that smartass technology you used so effectively during the campaign.

Back to the drawing board...

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Looks like my wonderful partially federally funded car purchase is dead.  With the sudden cut off of the "cash for clunkers" program at Monday, August 24th at 8 PM (not sure which time zone...) I am dead in the water.  I won't be able to pull together all the paperwork for the car loan payoff in time so it is sayonara to sucking off the federal teat.  The car dealer is pissed because a whole bunch of deals are going to go south the same way mine is.  The government didn't even notify the dealers that this was happening.  The dealer's wife saw it on the news this morning and called him.  From the Fed?  Not a word.

However, it is not a tragedy. I was trying to put off closing the deal until after we got back from bringing the kids up to their respective dorms (eek - next Friday!) and returned from vacation.  If that's not going to happen, I will get my $500 deposit back and we'll start over.  Sigh.  

I love Mr. Obama and I believe in him but seriously - you come up with one of the first good ideas in government in a really long time, you should have handled it better than this!  It should have been funded better, run more seamlessly and you should have taken advantage of some of that smartass technology you used so effectively during the campaign.

Back to the drawing board...

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Ok LJ friend list... I'm hoping someone here might have some insights on this, at least more than I do.  I've been looking into the new CARS act that President Obama signed on June 24th.  It gives a monetary credit for people who turn in vehicles that get 18 mpg or worse for cars that get substantially better mileage.  Here's a PDF about the program:

Currently I drive Eleanor, a dark green 2001 Chryster Town & Country minivan.  She has been very good to me but she is getting on in years.  And since the kids are leaving for college soon, I don't really need a minivan.  So this program caught my eye - I could trade in my minivan for something smaller, more nimble and with better gas mileage.  Depending on what vehicle I decide on, I could get either $3500 or $4500 towards the purchase or lease of a new one.

Anyone hear anything about this?  Share some advice?  Words of wisdom?  Deep thoughts?

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Ok LJ friend list... I'm hoping someone here might have some insights on this, at least more than I do.  I've been looking into the new CARS act that President Obama signed on June 24th.  It gives a monetary credit for people who turn in vehicles that get 18 mpg or worse for cars that get substantially better mileage.  Here's a PDF about the program:

Currently I drive Eleanor, a dark green 2001 Chryster Town & Country minivan.  She has been very good to me but she is getting on in years.  And since the kids are leaving for college soon, I don't really need a minivan.  So this program caught my eye - I could trade in my minivan for something smaller, more nimble and with better gas mileage.  Depending on what vehicle I decide on, I could get either $3500 or $4500 towards the purchase or lease of a new one.

Anyone hear anything about this?  Share some advice?  Words of wisdom?  Deep thoughts?

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