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August 4th, 2009
10:16 AM ET

What happens to your clunker?

One estimate shows some 120-thousand cars were traded in under the Cash for Clunkers program.

A lot of you have written in asking if those trade-ins are not supposed to go back out on the road where do they go?

You are about to get your answer.


Filed under: Transportation
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Glenn Coates

    Here's an idea for a new Bumper Sticker:

    "HONK if my taxes provided the Cash for your Clunker"

    Another Obama Wealth Redistribution scheme!

    August 5, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  2. Bernice

    The welfare department allots $600 for anyone who needs a car to go to work in the tate of PA, Think!! $600!!!! What a piece of junk!! They are putting dangerous cars out on our roads for the people with small children to have to ride them in those cars! Where can YOU find a decent car for $600? IDEA!!! Save the $699, and give these NICE cars from this clunker program to these desperate people! Don't smash them , then send the profits off to China! How do you honestly think this will help the Americans in the end? Again, another worthless program. It will only help for a small timee, making it look like the country is bouncing back, but that is far from the truth!

    China is once again, the only country that is profiting from this transaction! We are allowing them to destroy our assets!! Think People! It may help if you do!

    Give them to Cuba? I am sick and tired of sending our assets to other countries when we have MANY people crying for help, right here at home! Take care of Americans first! It's OUR $$$$$$$$!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:52 am |
  3. Bernice

    The welfare department allots $600 for anyone who needs a car to go to work in the tate of PA, Think!! $600!!!! What a piece of junk!! They are putting dangerous cars out on our roads for the people with small children to have to ride them in those cars! Where can YOU find a decent car for $600? IDEA!!! Save the $699, and give these NICE cars from this clunker program to these desperate people! Don't smash them , then send the profits off to China! How do you honestly think this will help the Americans in the end? Again, another worthless program. It will only help for a small timee, making it look like the country is bouncing back, but that is far from the truth!

    China is once again, the only country that is profiting from this transaction! We are allowing them to destroy our assets!! Think People! It may help if you do!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:49 am |
  4. Joe

    Cash for clunkers is a losing fight for salvage yards. The video shows and even states that salvage yards are making money of this program. As a business owner what they do not show is the cost that it takes to recieve such a car that olnt a few parts may be saved. What you leave out include transportation cost to get the vehicle to the recyler, the wages that must be paid out to recylce the vehicle.. and not to mention the cost of a shreded car doesn't cover the cost of the transportation to dispose of the shredded metal. While the program has good effects on some businesses, the salvage business is not one of them.

    August 4, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  5. nate

    this must be one component of the CAR COMPANY BAIL OUT program. Pretty sneaky.

    August 4, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  6. George Skupien

    Why not offer some of the clunkers that are in good condition to those who are in grave need of a car because they have one that is not running, Their exchange could be crushed in return for the clunker that runs. An example: A person has a car with a bad transmission, can't afford to fix it or turn it in for the purchase of a new car. They could pay a small charge to cover the paperwork and dealer expenses. There could be a stipulation that the clunker would get better MPG than their current vihicle. There are a lot of people who can't afford to fix or purchase a new car.

    George

    August 4, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  7. Ken Frasard

    I really do not beleive there is a fix for the system, ITS BROKEN but, "Cash for Clunkers" could become a brilliant idea.......Sell them all or trade them to Cuba! Cubans haven't been able to buy cars in over 50 years. at least it could help relations and they would need to buy parts from the US to fix them up.

    August 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  8. Moi Strickland

    This cash for clunkers is undoubtedly the stupidest thing ever to come out of Washington. First of all, some of the top scientist in the world have said that this "global warming" is a lot of bunk. In fact, one even said, "The only thing we have to fear is the ones who are trying to scare everybody about it." Somebody show me some actual figures of just how much good these new vehicles will make because they get a few miles more per gallon. Obama thinks he has the keys to a bottomless well of money and we, today's children, and their children will be paying for his stupidity for decades to come. As soon as I find out which of my representatives went along with this idiotic scheme, they not only will not get my vote next election, I am going to see what can be done about getting them out of office before the next election (and make them have to do without their present health plan). Just wait until Obamacare hits us, unless those spineless representatives we have in Washington can come to their senses and not let it happen.

    August 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  9. Mohamed Ouda

    I also have two contracts for the same car in same day for two different prices and the dealer wanted to use the higher one of course

    August 4, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  10. Mohamed Ouda

    I went to a Honda dealer to to turn my Volvo to cash for clunker program and asked them if my car was good for the program they said yes and ask me to put down 5000 on a credit card .then i went back to make the rest of the payment they said your car is no good for the program when i asked them to take the car they refused and change the price so now I have a car I can not afford and I do not want.

    August 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  11. Barbra-New Jersey

    All I ever hear from your news rooms, others news organizations and commentators is how much health care reform is going to cost the Americam people down the line. Is there anyone who has calculated the cost of health care if something is not done to reform helthcare now. It's interesting this has not been address.

    August 4, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  12. GEORGE RICE

    WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:32 am |