Notifications & Messages

Jared Hamilton
From: Jared Hamilton
Hey - It’s time to join the thousands of other dealer professionals on DrivingSales. Create an account so you can get full access to the articles, discussions and people that are shaping the future of the automotive industry.
×
Brian Pasch

Brian Pasch CEO

Exclusive Blog Posts

What People Are Looking For In An Auto Repair Shop

What People Are Looking For In An Auto Repair Shop

Those who have been involved in some sort of accident have the next step of finding an auto repair shop. These shops are not all created equal as some are …

One Price Selling – What Are You Waiting For?

One Price Selling – What Are You Waiting For?

Most Dealers are closer to a One Price Selling sales process than they may realize. If you’re an excellent pre-owned dealer you’re basically no…

What Is Your Chemistry With Women Buyers?

What Is Your Chemistry With Women Buyers?

Wow, its December. Last month of the year. Now is the perfect time to begin to reflect on the customer processes, engagement and strategies you have in pla…

Want to Advance in Business? Here are a Few Ways to Stay on Top of Your Game

Want to Advance in Business? Here are a Few Ways to Stay on Top of Your Game

If it’s time for you to take the next steps in your career, there are some tried-and-true methods that can ensure your success. All business professi…

BDC training for 2017

BDC training for 2017

  We have a service and sales bdc team for each of our stores. One is a Hyundai store and the other is a Chevrolet store. We have Three sales Bus…

I have been blessed to have dozens of car dealers and consumers keeping me informed on what is happening on the Cash for Clunkers front lines.  Yesterday our website, www.cashforclunkersfacts.com had over 120,000 unique visitors and over 300, 000 page views.  This has been one Automotive SEO story for the ages. Dealers across the country are frustrated.  The gripes pertain to the buggy CARS sales submission process and the lack of approved sales to give them assurances of being repaid.  If you have been having similar issues, please share your experience by posting a comment to add some community spirt and support for dealers who are stressed out. One dealer emailed me yesterday to say that they still do not have a valid NHTSA login to enter their 40+ CARS sales. Dealers are stressed about floating hundreds of thousands of dollars with not one sale confirmed or repaid. A new cottage industry could start with plenty of takers: Cash For Clunkers Stress Management Classes. In truth, it's not a laughing matter to car dealers who were already struggling with cash-flow due to slowing sales.

No Sign of Hope Yet

Will the NHTSA will get caught up this week and give dealers a reason to continue taking new CARS sales?  I doubt it. If the NHTSA processing backup continues to delay confirmations much longer, dealers will have no choice but to stop accepting new CARS transactions. Only a handful of the most well funded car dealers can float millions without concern. Consumers are also frustrated looking for a update on their submitted sale . Dealers have nothing to comfort them with because they are equally in the dark. (which reminds me of a mushroom story) There are many stories we could share which puts in words the stress level of your peers.   I picked this one that came in during the past hour: August 4th at 7:30 pm:
Cash for CLunkers StressJust a heads up – I have talked to 3 other dealers – and no one has got paid $1 dollar yet. I have over $300,000 outstanding in CARS rebates and have been rejected 10 times so far. Some of them have been small mistakes on my end, and some make no sense to me. Here is a response (in green) to one of my cars that got rejected and the reason for it: The voucher you have submitted with invoice number XXXX has been rejected for the following reason: Please recheck your entire transaction, you may have other errors that will further delay your payment.. The voucher can be resubmitted if the reason for rejection can be corrected. Please see http://www.cars.gov/dealersupport for more information about the CARS program requirements. Please contact the CARS Help Desk at (866)-CAR-7891 for further assistance. Seriously? Not one reason why it was rejected! I have to HOPE that I get it right when I resubmit…. I am truly happy for the traffic that the CARS program has brought, but the paper work NIGHTMARE is beyond ridiculous. I believe I will get paid on these, but in the meantime, I am literally having to “float” $300,000. Not a good thing….

$2 Billion Cash for Clunkers Funding This Week

The Cash for Clunkers program $2 billion funding bill looks more promising today as some Senators have softened their objections to the additional funding. Car dealers like the one in this post would be put in a very difficult place if additional funding was not approved. follow-us-twitterCooler heads look like they are starting to understand just how underfunded and oversubscribed the CARS program is and will approve another $2 billion this week. We do not have a date certain when the measure will be taken up in the Senate but it has to be before they break for summer recess in Friday. Follow us on Twitter for daily real-time updates at http://twitter.com/cashclunkers or add your name to our email list in the upper left corner of this page.

 Unlock all of the community & features  Join Now