Some dealers are dropping out of the cash-for-clunkers program as concerns about payment delays and administrative snarls mount.
"I've got to start getting paid," said Ron Morehead Jr., general manager of a Honda dealership in Kingston, N.Y. "Enough is enough."
Morehead decided this morning to suspend clunker sales. He has already had to turn customers away. He said he has yet to receive payment for any of his 42 clunker deals worth about $175,000.
Morehead isn't the only one. More than 90 dealers out of about 710 responding to an Automotive News survey today said they also had suspended clunker sales because of repayment concerns and other headaches they've had managing the program.
Duke Brubaker, general sales manager of Champion Ford-Lincoln-Mercury-Mazda in Owensboro, Ky., said Champion stopped clunker sales Friday night.
"It's just a mess, an absolute mess," Brubaker told Automotive News. "There is a billion dollars of dealerships' money on the road."