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Kia delivers big for Clunkers for Cash
13 models qualify for up to $4,500
Rows and rows of Kia Spectras line the lot at Manteca’s Kia Country where the “Cash for Clunkers” government rebate makes the economical car even more of a catch. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL
Tired of heading to the gas station multiple times every week just to get back and forth to work?

Don’t want to pay the high prices of hybrid models that may in the long run be more expensive to maintain?

Thanks to the newly introduced “Clunkers for Cash” federal benefit program, the gas-guzzler you’ve been calling a daily-driver no longer has to take up that unwanted space in your driveway – providing up to $4,500 for the purchase of a new car that is leaps-and-bounds better in terms economy.

You don’t have to venture very far in order to find a replacement that will suit the needs of just about any driving situation.

Take, for example, the 2009 Kia Spectra – one of the company’s longest running models and most reliable as a favorite for commuters that aren’t afraid to pack on the high miles.

Those who qualify for a $3,500 rebate can get the car – with an automatic transmission, air conditioning, and CD player – for only $12,795. It also boasts Kia’s 10-year, 100,000-limited power training warranty and five years of 24-hour road assistance regardless of mileage.

“There’s never been a time to take that car that’s been sucking down gas and bring in down here for something that will end up saving you money,” Kia Country Sales Manager Dan Espino said. “These are great values, and people are going to drive away very happy when they do take advantage of them.”

Currently there are 13 Kia models on the list of available “Cash for Clunkers” rebates – a sign that the South Korean manufacturer has made major headway into the American market by introducing the types of cars that people not only enjoy driving, but enjoy purchasing at a reasonable price.

When the Kia Soul came out earlier this year the model rocked the domestic market and introduced the concept of a crossover vehicle to a whole new line of buyers – from those just earning their driving privileges to those well into the latter years of their life.

“We say that it’s a car that’s for the young and for the young at heart,” Espino said. “Last week we had a lady in her 80s come in and purchase one, and that says a lot about the appeal of that car.”

After the 2009 Spectra is phased out of production, the Forte – which is already on the lot – will start introducing stylish new models of their own like the stylish and sporty Forte Koup that is expected to hit lots relatively soon.

“That’s one that we’re excited about,” Espino said. “There are a lot of good things going on at Kia right now.”

Manteca’s Kia Country is located at 1515 N. Main Street. For more information call 239-6203 or visit them on the web at