The popular Cash for Clunkers program gained so much momentum in its last few days, that dealerships had a hard time keeping up with the rebate-filing deadline. In response, The Department of Transportation has extended the deadline to this afternoon instead of 8 p.m. last night. The sales must have been completed by the original deadline, but dealers who were unable to submit their requests last night can do so today. Check out the following article from USA Today article about the announcement.
Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jill Zuckman said the deadline has been extended because "overwhelming demand" shut down the DOT website temporarily this afternoon.
As the Obama administration's popular auto rebate program wound into its final hours, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told reporters that it has been "wildly successful" in terms of jump-starting the economy.
"You've got dealers, you've got mechanics, you've got the banks doing the loans," LaHood said in Elizabethtown, Pa. "So this isn't just about the auto industry. We're talking about tons of common, ordinary people who are working today because of this program. This is such a win-win for the auto industry and for common ordinary citizens, too."