Jerry Milgram had long been hoping to get rid of his beat-up ’92 Ford Explorer, but with the money he was due on a trade-in, he couldn’t make the numbers work on a trade-in.
That all changed when the Cash-for-Clunker program was launched, last month. Suddenly, the Chicago plumber saw the opportunity to get a compact crossover that would significantly lower his fuel costs but still provide enough room to carry his tools to the job.
At least, that’s what Milgram thought. But when he visited a suburban Chicago dealer, he was told he’d have to sign a document requiring him to pay back the $4,500 government voucher if his old car somehow got rejected by the administrators of the Car Allowance Rebate System.