Cash-for-Clunkers

It looks like Cash-for-Clunkers has passed. I could get $4,500. The way it’s supposed to work is you give your old car to the dealer and the dealer discounts the price of the car. I think the car is supposed to be junked so it’s not clear there’s any trade in value.
Here are some notes:
In a nutshell, your vehicle qualifies for trade-in credit if:

  • It is at most 25 years old.
  • It gets 18 miles a gallon or less.
  • It is drivable.
  • It is registered.
  • It has been insured for the past year.

You can find out what gas mileage your car or truck should get here.
I’m not sure my car qualifies! According to the web site my car gets 19mph! I don’t believe it!

‘Cash for Clunkers’ Passes House

So the cash for clunkers is getting closer. It passed in the House:

In addition to having stricter fuel economy requirements, the Senate bill contains three major differences. The first is the maximum fuel economy of the trade-in vehicles, which is 17 miles a gallon. The second is there are three voucher amounts ($2,500 to buy a new car that gets at least seven miles a gallon more, $3,500 for 10 m.p.g. more and $4,500 for 13 m.p.g. more). Finally, the Senate bill also offers a provision for buying a used car.

So maybe that new car smell isn’t so far away. Here’s a comparison of the House and Senate version of the bill.
The estimate is that it’ll increase auto sales by 625,000. It’ll work for me!