Some drivers hit jackpot with 'Cash for Clunkers' program

After two decades and 126,000 miles, John and Susan Musinski's 1990 Ford Econoline has made its final run. Full Story
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Cat

Tempe, AZ

#2 Jul 23, 2009
This program still disqualifies most vehicles because the government changed the EPA combined standards. My car would be considered a clunker especially since it's falling apart with door handles breaking off, oil leaks, and the other traditional breakdowns that cost money and yet the government says my car might not qualify.

Meanwhile, luxury vehicles like Lexus, Porche and others qualify with no problems. This program will do more to hurt the consumer that needs a new car rather than help them.
Smittyhoss

Willingboro, NJ

#3 Jul 23, 2009
How is this helping American car sales if they are buying Hyundai's?
Quit your whining already

United States

#4 Jul 23, 2009
Cat wrote:
This program still disqualifies most vehicles because the government changed the EPA combined standards. My car would be considered a clunker especially since it's falling apart with door handles breaking off, oil leaks, and the other traditional breakdowns that cost money and yet the government says my car might not qualify.
Meanwhile, luxury vehicles like Lexus, Porche and others qualify with no problems. This program will do more to hurt the consumer that needs a new car rather than help them.
Oh, just stop! This program is exciting for so many people WHO HAVE GAS GUZZLERS! If you have a Toyota Corolla that barely moves with 250,000 miles on it--THIS PROGRAM AIN'T FOR YOU, SO TOUGH LUCK!

I, for one, am happy to see clunkers get crushed in favor of brand new much higher gas mileage cars hitting the road. This is one incentive plan that makes tons of sense for all of us, especially the hard-hit dealers.

Happy Friday to all you dealers out there, now go out there and get busy!
NoConservativePr opaganda

Chicago, IL

#5 Jul 23, 2009
I'm happy to see any Ford crushed.
The Blob

United States

#6 Jul 23, 2009
(As quoted in this story)Roger Rudin, General Manager of Willowbrook Ford/Kia ripped us off ! Think twice about buying anything there. He sold us a brand new Ford Taurus that had been through a hailstorm on the lot of another Ford dealer, and then was dealer traded to Willowbrook Ford and repaired in their body shop, then put out on their lot for sale as NEW. Needless to say, we didn't find out about the repaired damage until a few years later when the bondo and paint weathered. Roger Rudin couldn't care less about us at that time. My suggestion to you: Don't do any business with Willowbrook Ford! You can't trust them. I'm glad to say that my family and friends won't buy from them, EVER! Choke on it Roger.
Susan

West Chicago, IL

#7 Jul 23, 2009
The comment about wishing that this was only for American cars. Well, American named cars aren't always made in the US and many of the Foreign named cars are. Do your research before you make your comments. I think this is a great program. I just wonder if the people driving the older vehicles can really afford to purchase something new in this economy, even with this incentive.
robert

San Marcos, CA

#8 Jul 23, 2009
this program is awful! scrap the program now! what a waste!
BFD1963

Hanover Park, IL

#11 Jul 24, 2009
Ron wrote:
Obama needs to leave the White House, and don't even think about repaiting the White House to black either.
Really? That is the most ignorant comment I have ever heard.
Buy American

Pittsburgh, PA

#12 Jul 24, 2009
I think the idea of giving a rebate to anyone who buys an American car is a good idea.

Since American taxpayers are paying to bail out much of the US Auto Industry -- why not focus the rebates towards American auto companies?
Although improvement is often needed in the quality of cars the U.S. produces -- It would be a great loss to drive American auto makers to extinction.
dcksbtin BuffaloNY

Buffalo, NY

#13 Jul 24, 2009
I happen to sell Fords mr. NoConservative Propaganda. Do your research. We have the Number 1 American products out there and even give the imports a run for their money too. But, enough about you and your idiodicy. My beef is that the feds didn't limit this program to the purchase of AMERICAN cars and trucks. If it was truly initiated to spark Auto sales in a market slump, why make it possible to buy a product whose profit essentiallly ends up overseas? I know that Ford rivals the asian automakers in terms of gas mileage AND technology. To me, it was a gross mistake to make this a "buy any make" program. At any rate, we have 16 "clunker" sales already at my deralership. We were doing quite well already but this has only made it better. And, trust me. All the tradeins we've taken in really NEEDED to get off the road. One final word. GO USA MAKERS! GO OBAMA!(Thanks BFD1963. "Ron" is a just a typical nut case. What a shame)
jahyree

Girard, OH

#16 Jul 24, 2009
All you Obama bashers, leave the country. There is a lot of space in mexico with all those people coming here
Bill

Geneva, IL

#17 Jul 24, 2009
Tell me again why I have to help pay for someone else's car?
Dave

Milwaukee, WI

#18 Jul 24, 2009
I'm going to miss my old car, we had some good times together, but 16 mpg average wasn't cutting it anymore...
Its too bad the car has to be crushed, mine was a '97 Explorer Sport with 115K miles on it, but there is still some life left in it. I guess its a positive I'm getting it off the road for a car that gets almost twice the mileage.
Going to pick up my brand new Civic this weekend!
...
Overall I think this is a really good program, especially for people with older gas guzzlers. I was pretty much waiting for a breakdown or major repair in the near future and I'm glad I was able to avoid it altogether. I do a lot of longer distance highway driving, and this program couldn't have come at a better time. Also, I think its fair that one is able to purchase any kind of car he or she is interested in. If this was limited to American cars only, people would be slamming the government for being Socialist, and manipulating car choice.
While I originally wanted to buy an American car to stimulate our economy, I was pleased to know that a majority of my car's parts were built in the US and it was assembled in Indiana.
Joe

Montgomery, AL

#19 Jul 24, 2009
How does buying a Hyundai help the economy? Half the Hyundai's sold in the US are made at their plant in Montgomery, AL. Over 2,700 Americans are employed there. And there cars are now close to top of the quality rankings. If you havent looked at one in a few years, I suggest you do.
R-man

Troy, MI

#20 Jul 24, 2009
I work for an tier 1 auto parts supplier who builds for GM/Ford/Fiat-Chrysler and Toyota, Honda, Mercedes, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, BMW and others. Obviously I'm a bit biased here but this program is already proven in Europe to provide some stimulation to the auto market and local economy.

At least this is one program that actually gets money omoving in the economy - Buyers with very old cars worth less than $4K get a nice discount, dealers sell cars, automakers sell cars and cut down on their inventory and people get paid at the automakers, dealers, transports companies, carwashes and so on.

A large amount of stimulus has gone to large financial institutions and has been held hostage there ever since. Large banks are doing what they do best - watching out for themselves and their paychecks - a good plan unless you accept tons of $ from the USA to keep from going under.
Adolph

Lake Zurich, IL

#21 Jul 24, 2009
Another great use of our taxpayer dollars!
Gary

Minneapolis, MN

#23 Jul 24, 2009
Is it true that a brand new Dodge qualifies as a clunker?
Tom

Milwaukee, WI

#24 Jul 24, 2009
Bill wrote:
Tell me again why I have to help pay for someone else's car?
You shouldn't! But if you were going to get a car in the near future, you'd be silly not to upgrade now. BO is going to spend that billion $. Get a piece of it if you can. I'm getting $3500 for trading a a banged-up 2000 Silverado for a 2009 F-150. Does that even make sense?
RegularGuy

Bellwood, IL

#25 Jul 24, 2009
The program should have had two tiers. One amount for scrapping an old car for one more efficient, and a second tier with bigger rebate for buying AMERICAN.

No matter where Hyundai, KIA, or Toyota cars are built, the profits leave the country.
Darien

Shreveport, LA

#26 Jul 24, 2009
Smittyhoss wrote:
How is this helping American car sales if they are buying Hyundai's?
I agree! So with the Hyundai, we are supporting the Korean economy. How can our lumps in office be so stupid? How can the buyers mentioned live with their consecience?
The program should be limited to autos with at least 50% or so American content.

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