Final days, deals with Cash for Clunkers

August 22, 2009 (CHICAGO) However, Rizza Chevrolet in southwest suburban Bridgeview was still accepting clunkers Saturday. General Manager Eric Kranig said the last two days had seen a rush of customers that the dealership hadn't seen in years.

The government's Cash for Clunkers program offers car buyers up to $4,500 to trade in their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Paperwork the dealers must complete to be reimbursed by the government forced some to end the program early. But without the program, some customers said they wouldn't have bought new cars.

"Probably not. Not right now, anyway. Yeah, we decided this was a really good deal. So, [we] couldn't pass it up," customer Mari Roseziemba told ABC7 Chicago.

"It's been a long time since the car business has had this kind of reaction, and it's excellent. The only thing is, you know, we took in over 100 clunkers, not including today, and we haven't received any money on them yet, but hopefully that's coming soon," Kranig said.

The manager also said Rizza would hold on to the clunkers until the dealership received its money from the government.

The Cash for Clunkers program was set to end Monday evening.

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