I was pretty thrilled when I heard about the potential Cash for Clunkers legislation. I have a 1997 Chrysler Sebring convertible sitting in my garage that doesn’t run. The prospect of trading it in to help defray the cost of a new vehicle was really appealing. I’d already started looking for a new Chrysler or perhaps a Chevrolet…I’d really like to do something, however small, to help out the domestic auto industry.
Then, I read the fine print…
Vehicles only qualify if they have a fuel rating of 17.9 or below. Unfortunately, my car (when it ran) got about 20 miles per gallon. I guess I won’t be buying a new vehicle after all.
Which leads me to ask this question. Is the point of the legislation to stimulate the economy and help the auto industry, or is it a veiled attempt by environmentalists to advance their agenda? ? I have no problem if people want to trade in a gas-guzzler for something more fuel efficient. Overall, that’s probably a good thing…but why limit the legislation and exclude higher mileage vehicles? A clunker is a clunker. If somebody has a piece of junk that doesn’t run, let them trade it in. It will lead to more sales and healthy economy…and isn’t that supposed to be the end goal?