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Consumers getting paid to replace old cars - report
Monday June 30, 2:32 pm ET


As struggling consumers try to keep their old cars running in a softening economy, some states and Canada are offering cash rewards to motivate drivers to retire their old clunkers, according to a published report.

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Before I go to the link, let me guess what states are pushing this. I suppose it's taxpayer money they're using, unless God has decided on some new gold discoveries: California, Taxachusetts, New Yawk, New Yerzey.

Next tier: Oregon, Vermont, Washington DC, Washington, Connecticut.



edit: Texas?! Infected beyond redemption.

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California pays $1500 for cars that can't pass the CA emission test. Those cars get junked immediately after drop-off.

This program has been around at least a decade... I remember it was just a $1000 several years ago.
 

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Before I go to the link, let me guess what states are pushing this. I suppose it's taxpayer money they're using, unless God has decided on some new gold discoveries: California, Taxachusetts, New Yawk, New Yerzey.

Next tier: Oregon, Vermont, Washington DC, Washington, Connecticut.



edit: Texas?! Infected beyond redemption.

How do I declare temporary residency?
There's nothing wring with using taxpayer money for something everyone benefits from.
 

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There's nothing wring with using taxpayer money for something everyone benefits from.
You are right. Whazzamatta wit me, anyways?

After all, there are so MANY somethings that everyone benefits from.

Like education. Since the feds tookened it over, it has gotten so much better.



I hate to invoke silly, outmoded items like state and federal constitutions, but there is a reason that founders far wiser than we put strict limits on what governments were authorized to do.

Oh well, it was a nice idea while it lasted. :yup:
 

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The day that replacing older vehicles becomes law is the day I leave this country
 

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France is considering expanding their 'pollution tax' to used cars. Right now when you buy a new car it's either pollution neutral (you pay the price of the car), pollution positive (you have a rebate; from 700 to 2000 euros I think, depending on the amount of emissions), or pollution negative (you pay a tax, again ranging from 700 to 2000 euros, I believe).

I don't have a problem with that on new cars, as you can make a choice to buy efficient or not. I am totally against it being applied to old cars, as people don't have the choice. Not everyone can afford to trade their old car in on a new one, and I hate that they will be forced to trade up or cough up a whole bunch of cash every year. I love my little car and while it's not super emissions friendly it's economical and was very cheap (600 euros). Why should I be forced to pay more than that per year in 'fines', or trade it in on a much more expensive car?

I really feel for families and older people with little old cars and minivans. Not everyone has room in their budget for a new car, and I think that it's awful that the government will be encouraging (forcing) so many people to scrap perfectly good old cars. It's a sad day when all old cars are labelled scrap.
 

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California pays $1500 for cars that can't pass the CA emission test. Those cars get junked immediately after drop-off.

This program has been around at least a decade... I remember it was just a $1000 several years ago.
And the upshot is that even the cheapest used car runs $2500. But otherwise the program's been quite successful.

Keep in mind that even a subcompact from 15 years ago pollutes much more than a brand new SUB.
 

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There's nothing wring with using taxpayer money for something everyone benefits from.
Yes there is! It is not their money to give to whoever or whatever they want. If the heap will not pass the emissions test, ban it from the road, and let the owner either pay to have it repaired, buy another car, or find another way to travel.
 

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France is considering expanding their 'pollution tax' to used cars. Right now when you buy a new car it's either pollution neutral (you pay the price of the car), pollution positive (you have a rebate; from 700 to 2000 euros I think, depending on the amount of emissions), or pollution negative (you pay a tax, again ranging from 700 to 2000 euros, I believe).

I don't have a problem with that on new cars, as you can make a choice to buy efficient or not. I am totally against it being applied to old cars, as people don't have the choice. Not everyone can afford to trade their old car in on a new one, and I hate that they will be forced to trade up or cough up a whole bunch of cash every year. I love my little car and while it's not super emissions friendly it's economical and was very cheap (600 euros). Why should I be forced to pay more than that per year in 'fines', or trade it in on a much more expensive car?

I really feel for families and older people with little old cars and minivans. Not everyone has room in their budget for a new car, and I think that it's awful that the government will be encouraging (forcing) so many people to scrap perfectly good old cars. It's a sad day when all old cars are labelled scrap.
I agree with you and if you haven't noticed during your absence Canada has implemented the same thing ("ecoAUTO" or something like this)...



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