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New Consumer Website Makes Cash for Clunkers Easy for Consumers in New York City: www.NYCarsProgram.com

Jul 29, 2009 (01:07 PM EDT)
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NEW YORK, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- A new website, HASH(0x177abb0) HASH(0x1770cd0) , was launched to help consumers make sense of the Cash for Clunkers program. The Long Island Honda Dealers Association ( ) built a comprehensive consumer information site to educate the public about the program.

"The most popular vehicle in New York is Honda and nearly all of Honda vehicles qualify for the Cash for Clunkers program, so it made sense to launch a website to educate the public, said .

"You don't really need a complicated chart to find a qualifying vehicle at a Honda dealer," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. With one of the most fuel-efficient vehicle lineups in the industry, nearly every new Honda model will help customers qualify for a federal "Cash for Clunkers" credit. "We hope that this program will help consumers make the move into vehicles that are easier on both their wallets and the environment," said Mendel.

helps consumers learn how they can turn a $500 clunker into a $4,500 trade-in by exchanging an older, less fuel efficient vehicle for a government funded credit worth up to $4,500 toward the purchase or lease of a new car with improved gas mileage. One of the most popular features on the site is the Clunker Calculator, which helps consumers quickly determine if they qualify and determine the amount of credit they could receive based on the new vehicle they select. The site also includes all of the Honda vehicles that could qualify for the $3,500 and $4,500 and connects consumers directly with a participating Honda dealer. HASH(0x175d3e0)

Depending on the trade-in vehicle, customers will be able to choose one or more of Honda's diverse model line including the Ridgeline pickup, its most-rugged vehicle; the Accord, Honda's best-selling U.S. model; and the all-new Insight, the most-affordable hybrid in the United States.

The only vehicles in the Honda lineup that will not qualify for a credit are the limited-production S2000 roadster, the Accord V6 Coupe with manual transmission and the FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle (the latter is excluded by the program's five year lease requirement).

The first known consumer in New York to get "Cash for their Clunker" traded in a Nissan for a brand new Honda Odyssey (22mpg). Christopher Chosam, a Woodhaven, New York resident, exchanged his rusted 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SUV (value of $400 with 15mpg) for a brand new Honda Odyssey minivan (22mpg) with the help of a $4500 credit.

"I've been driving it for a week, and I still have a half a tank of gas," Chosam said. "The old car, I would have filled it up already." In addition to the government's incentive program, Honda has very attractive offers that enable all consumers to drive away in a brand new Accord for only $199 per month on a 36 month lease.

"This bill will reduce carbon emissions and pollution by having older, dirtier vehicles replaced by newer, cleaner and more efficient vehicles," said Rob Sabbagh Jr., representing the New York Long Island Honda Dealers. "It is great to promote a program that helps consumers, the economy and the environment at the same time."

Below is a list of Honda cars that have a combined EPA fuel-economy rating of 22 MPG or more and may be eligible for payments under this program include:

2009 Fit - All models 2010 Insight - All models 2009 Civic - All models 2009 Accord - All models except V6 Coupe with manual transmission

Honda category 1 trucks that have a combined EPA fuel-economy rating of 18 MPG or more and may be eligible for a credit under this program include:

2009 CR-V - All models 2009 Element - All models 2009 - 2010 Pilot - All models including 2WD and 4WD 2009 - 2010 Odyssey - All models

Honda category 2 trucks that have a combined EPA fuel-economy rating of 15 MPG or more and may be eligible for a credit under this program include:

2009 Ridgeline - All models

New York Long Island Honda Dealers are an association of HASH(0x176f1c0) from the New York City and Long Island area who have come together to bring you the best Honda sales and service experience possible. By joining together, they are able to better serve your needs and offer you more than any single dealer can.

The website was created to be the most resourceful place for buying and servicing a New or Certified Pre-Owned Honda and to provide consumers with everything that the 17 New York Honda dealers have to offer. Whether you're looking to HASH(0x1787d80) HASH(0x1787d90) HASH(0x17793e0) HASH(0x1761b20) HASH(0x1791200) HASH(0x17912f0) HASH(0x17913e0) or a new vehicle, or trying to find that perfect , you'll find it here along with all the currently available to you. You can also find out more about Honda, like and , or you can simply .

Hondas vehicle lineup includes fuel-efficient hybrids, spacious mini-vans, reliable family sedans and rugged trucks and SUVs. The Honda Civic and Honda Accord have become the benchmark of quality in their respective classes and if you want a well-designed, fuel-efficient and safe vehicle, Honda is the best choice and the top selling vehicle in New York.

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Closed-end lease for 2009 Accord Sedan LX AT (Model CP2639EW) for $199 per month for 26 months. $2,199 total due at signing. Total monthly payments $7,164.00. Through 9/8/2009.

For well-qualified buyers. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear and 15 cents/mi. over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30,000, but for vehicles with MSRP of $30,000 or more, mileage cost is 20 cents/mi. over 12,000 miles/year. See dealer for complete details or visit NYLIhonda.com.

Based on 2009 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on driving, environmental and vehicle conditions.

Based on 2010 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on driving, environmental and vehicle conditions.

SOURCE NYCarsProgram.com

CONTACT: Lisa Dallos of HL Group, +1-212-529-5533 x 277, ldallos@hlgrp.com

Web site: http://www.NYCarsProgram.com/