State attorney general warns buyers of Cash for Clunkers scams
August 15, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 15, 2009
The state Attorney General’s Office warned would-be car buyers about possible scams related to Cash for Clunkers.
Officials told consumers to avoid bogus Cash for Clunkers Web sites requesting information such as Social Security numbers or bank account information.
Officials also encouraged buyers to watch out for fine print at dealerships. Some dealers are requesting for the customer to make up the difference if the federal government fails to come through with the allowance, Media Relations Manager Kristin Alexander wrote in a blog post on the office’s Web site.
Alexander said customers should contact the attorney general’s office if they encounter issues with dealerships.
The official name of the effort is the Cars Allowance Rebate Program, or CARS. Lawmakers created the program to boost auto sales and remove gas guzzlers from the roads. Buyers receive $3,500 or $4,500 toward a new fuel-efficient vehicle. The allowance depends on the type of vehicle a buyer purchases and the differences in fuel economy between the new vehicle and the so-called clunker.
Vehicles traded through the program will be scrapped.