• editchick Posted: 6/10/2009 2:58pm PDT

    The impression that the entire vechile would be scrapped is inaccurate, at least in one version of the legislation. Only the engine and transmission would have to be destroyed, the rest becomes FREE PARTS for the companies that pick up the 'voucher' vechile. It would actually be a BOON of free to low cost parts to any industry dealing in used car parts. And for the cars that remain on the road because the voucher was inadequate to help the owner, a flood of easy to get parts would become available.
    Assuming Edmunds' info is fact checked at the recent date of publish:
    from: http://www.edmunds.com/industry-car-news/cash-for-clunkers.html
    "What happens to the car that you trade in? The old car is given to a salvage operator. Vital engine and transmission components, that would otherwise pollute more than a modern engine, are destroyed so that the car does not end up on the road again. The salvage operator can then sell off any remaining parts on the vehicle. The destroyed engine and transmission can also be sold to recyclers." Wouldn't that sounds like "KACHING" to the salvage, used parts, and recyclers industries?

  • karenc Posted: 6/10/2009 3:32pm PDT

    This bill will put an end to charity car donation in the nation since the amount of the voucher would be sp much greater than the tax deduction and most donated cars are "clunkers". The solution is to simply allow the charity to issue the voucher in lieu of the tax deduction. The charity would then junk the car in accordance with the bill. This way, everyone wins, the car dealer, car maker, car buyer and the charity.

  • dave Posted: 6/11/2009 4:02am PDT

    How about a Cash for Congress bill. Everyone in the state gets a check if they throw out any member of Congress who voted for this sillyness. Stay out of the way and let people choose what they want!

  • Jocko Posted: 6/11/2009 8:12am PDT

    How does a charity win if they have to scrap the vehicle? Charities want donated vehicles so that they can put them to good use.
    This CFC is way too meddlesome.

  • Jaxon Posted: 6/22/2009 8:30am PDT

    I don't qualify because my car already gets good gas mileage. But my dad swears by the car buying process here:
    http://excarsalesman.typepad.com/
    I have a feeling dealers are going to automatically increase prices because of the increased demand (artificial) for great MPG cars. So the thousands of savings from this bill for consumers is not entirely accurate.
    With the price increase, I'm certain some markets you'll come out even as if they never offered this voucher. It is poorly written legislation.

  • Tom Posted: 6/23/2009 4:35pm PDT

    Before SUVs became popular, and then demonized, they actually had purpose and function that consumers wanted. I still like the function of a high clearance vehicle, with four wheel drive and the ability of towing a large load. With approval of the clunker bill how far are we from getting government permission to buy a low mpg vehicle like a truck or SUV? I can already see the ten page form.

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