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Salvage yard owners deal with "clunker" parts


EDGERTON (WKOW) --  The Senate will vote whether or not to extend the popular "cash-for-clunkers" program before going home on Friday.

That's according to majority leader Harry Reid.

Dealers and salvage yard owners are now waiting for word for approval of the US Senate to approve an additional two-billion dollars for the program.

They're getting lots of business from the program, but one salvage yard owner is wondering, is more business good business?

Salvage yards, like Morrison's Auto Salvage in Edgerton, are working 16 hour days to handle the bumper to bumper overflow. They've already taken in 150-cars: with more on the way.

It's the same story just down the road: Newville Auto Salvage normally takes in 900 cars a year. In just the past week, they've taken in over 100.

The salvage yards receive anywhere between $100 and $300 per car.

They have six months to dismantle the parts, all except the dead engine, and sell them. The rush, is making some owners nervous.

Billy Morrison, owner of Morrison's Auto Salvage, says, "We are getting, 4, 5, 6 of a one-year make model, and we sell one hood maybe every 4 or 5 months. To be only able to have that for six months, it's created kind of too much quantity and not enough demand."

Morrison says he's worried about the long-term effects of having fewer parts out there. He says he's also worried about used-car sales in the next few years.

He's hoping to break even. Others are more optimistic, as they watch these cars turn from clunker to compost.

Deanna Hart, owner of Newville Auto Salvage, says, "That'll just move us along to bigger and better things that get better gas mileage and are more friendly to the environment."

Car dealers in our area say they haven't seen any money yet. They're also waiting for the Senate to approve additional funding.

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