4
| News |

Of Rusty Wrecks and Fake Insurance Cards: Local Dealers Say Adios to Cash for Clunkers.

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, via this New York Times story about today's cash-for-clunkers deadline, I'm the proud owner of one of the most popular trade-ins: a Jeep Cherokee, which is starting to drive like today's its expiration date as well. So, how'd it go for locals? The Times kicked the tires with a couple of Dallas dealerships:

The most popular trade-ins include Ford Explorers, Ford F150 trucks, Jeep Cherokees, Chevrolet Blazers and Dodge Caravans, according to the Transportation Department. They range in condition from decent to rust-mottled wrecks.

"I'm like, people own this?" said Ricky Spencer, manager of new car sales at Friendly Chevrolet in Dallas. "There are cars you would have to get a tetanus shot first before you'd drive it." ...

But some people were so anxious to be rid of their hunks of junk that dealers had to inspect both cars and paperwork carefully. At Toyota of Dallas, one man tried to pass off his truck as the 4-wheel-drive version that would have qualified for the program.

"We were on to him from the start," said David Kelley, the general manager. "I had two people who brought in fake insurance cards." He added, "I just tell them I'm going to give these papers to the federal government, and they do the right thing real quick." That means they walk away.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.