WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department has extended the cash-for-clunkers filing deadline again, to 8 p.m. EDT tonight after reporting that its computer system for dealers has been fully operational overnight.
In an e-mail to the National Automobile Dealers Association that was confirmed by Transportation spokeswoman Jill Zuckman, the Obama administration said, The system will be closed to new submissions after 8 p.m.
It was the second deadline extension since last Thursday because of Transportations computer outages.
The original deadline of Monday at 8 p.m. EDT was extended to today, Aug. 25, at noon because of blockages stemming from government efforts to increase computer capacity.
Zuckman said last night that todays noon deadline would be extended again because of high user volume. At the time, she didn't specify a new deadline.
Dealer claims are expected to spike today, the last day of the popular program.
Transportation warned today that dealers may still experience delays in accessing the system at peak times because of high volume.