The Cash for Clunkers program has had unforeseen consequence for participating dealerships many have run out of cars to sell.
"It was kind of a win-win for the customers and for us," said Brent Christiansen, General Manager of Tomball Ford.
The program worked far better than anyone anticipated at moving consumers out of old, rundown vehicles and into new more fuel-efficient cars and trucks.
"On cars specifically, it increased our business 40% over the two months of the when the Cash for Clunkers ran," said Christiansen.
According to the Department of Transportation, the federal rebate plan saw 700, 000 new-car deals worth a total of $2.8 billion before it ended on Aug. 24.
Now, dealerships all across the country, including Tomball Ford are finding themselves 'on empty.'
"On the part of the lot that normally holds all the small cars we can't wait to replenish them," said Christiansen.
The dealership will get new inventory in about two more weeks, but it won't be fully restocked until next month.
"By October we'll start to get even more of the cars that we sold through the Cash for Clunkers program," he said.
As a result of the demand generated by the program, Ford and General motors recently announced production increases for both the third and fourth quarters.
In the meantime, there are plenty of trucks and Ford Mustangs around - vehicles that didn't make the Cash for Clunkers cut.