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Juettner Motors expands on government's 'clunker' program

Juettner Motors in Alexandria is expanding the savings opportunity of the U.S. government's car allowance rebate systems (CARS), more commonly known as "Cash for Clunkers," by offering up to $4,500 off an eligible new car purchase whether or not customers bring in qualifying "clunkers."

"The Cash for Clunkers program is a great way to get old, gas-guzzling vehicles off the road," said Bruce Wiitanen, vice president at Juettner's. "We found a way to make it better by offering the same savings even if a trade-in doesn't meet the official 'clunker' definition.

"If the trade-in is a qualifying "clunker," then Juettner's will add to the government's rebate for a total savings up to $9,000."

The government established the CARS program to help consumers replace older, gas guzzling vehicles with new, more fuel efficient vehicles and to help stimulate the national economy.

The government credit is $3,500 or $4,500, depending on the amount of fuel economy improvement between the old and new vehicle.

Important points for consumers to know about CARS include the following:

•Vehicle must be less than 25 years old on the trade-in date.

•Only new vehicle purchases qualify.

•Generally, trade-in vehicle must get less than 18 mpg and new vehicles must meet certain fuel economy requirements.

•Trade-in vehicle must be registered and insured continuously for the full year preceding the trade-in date.

•The program ends November 1, 2009 or when the government funds are exhausted (whichever comes first).

Consumers can learn more about the CARS program at or by calling the U.S. Department of Transportation's information hotline at 1-866-(CAR)-7891.

The staff at Juettner's is available to provide estimates on the value of trade-in vehicles and answer individual questions about the program.