IRVINE, CA - Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, a provider of new-car and used-car information, announced an addition to its Cash for Clunkers Calculator on the company's top-rated Web site, kbb.com. As the federal Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) — the official government name of the Cash for Clunkers program — takes effect this week, the kbb.com Cash for Clunkers Calculator, which helps consumers determine if their current vehicle might be eligible for up to $4,500 toward the purchase of a more fuel-efficient new car, now connects consumers with dealers offering their best price on the qualifying new vehicle of choice.
Kbb.com provides a simple, interactive Cash for Clunkers Calculator that helps consumers evaluate vehicle model years 1989- 2009 based on make, model, and condition, and then determines whether they may be eligible for a credit under the CARS program. The age of the vehicle, its fuel economy, and the fuel efficiency rating of the new car are key factors to determine whether the vehicle qualifies for a “Cash for Clunkers” credit toward the purchase of a new vehicle. The calculator also displays the Kelley Blue Book Trade-In Value, so that consumers can determine whether their vehicle is worth more or less than the possible credit they could receive from the CARS program.
Once the kbb.com Cash for Clunkers Calculator determines the possible eligibility of their current vehicle, it then provides resources to find a new, more fuel-efficient car that is right for them. The calculator allows consumers to choose a segment and price range to begin their next new fuel-efficient car search, and then returns a list of eligible new cars that meet the consumer's criteria. In addition, shoppers now can obtain a quick dealer price quote on a new car from local dealerships directly within the kbb.com Cash for Clunkers Calculator. At the end of the process, consumers can print a handy one-page summary of their trade-in vehicle and their next desired new vehicle to take with them to a dealership.
Ford is the official sponsor of the Cash for Clunkers program on Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. The auto manufacturer has been on the forefront of this new federal program and is dedicated to providing consumers the information they need. Ford also recently launched its 'Let Ford Recycle Your Ride' campaign to help take the confusion out of the Cash for Clunkers program. With an impressive line-up of fuel-efficient cars, trucks and utility vehicles, Ford can offer a variety of gas-sipping models to fit the needs of any consumer.
Under the groundbreaking, government-sponsored Cash for Clunkers program, a consumer can receive instant credit toward the purchase of a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle upon trade-in of an old, gas-guzzling ride that has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 18 mpg or less, is in drivable condition and has been insured and registered for the past year by the same owner.
The CARS programs runs through November 1, 2009, or until government funds are exhausted. For more information about the Cash for Clunkers program, visit www.kbb.com/cashforclunkers to view program details, articles, and a detailed video.