• Aug 3, 2009
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has processed 80,500 transactions so far, and the early winner of Cash For Clunkers appears to be the Ford Focus. The Detroit News is reporting that the Focus is the number one vehicle purchased under the government program, showing us why Ford's C-Segment vehicle gained 43.6 increase in Escape sales in July, a tally that was likely improved with the help of Cash For Clunkers.

The controversial and somewhat clumsy program is drawing plenty of attention for its popularity amongst car buyers, and Detroit automakers appear to be taking more than their fair share of sales. The White House says 47 higher than the domestics' 45% overall share. Four of the top 10 vehicles purchased under the program come from domestic automakers, and over half of all vehicles were built in the States.

With so many orders in the cue, the Cash For Clunkers program will likely have to be pulled by Friday if more money isn't appropriated. The House voted last week to add another $2 billion to the initiative's coffers, and the Senate will vote on the measure on Wednesday or Thursday.

To drum up support for more dollars, the White House is touting the program's value. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the average fuel economy increase so far is 9.4 mpg; a 61 of the vehicles traded in have been trucks, while 60% of the vehicles purchased under the program have been cars. The White House estimates that Cash For Clunkers will save the average car buyer $700 - $1,000 in gas prices during the life of the vehicle.



[Source: The Detroit News]


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      fkurtin
      • 5 Years Ago
      YA , LETS TURN IN OUR SOLID OLD CLUNKERS SO WE CAN BE FORCED TO BUY A PIECE OF TRASH THAT AMOUNTS TO ONLY HALF THE VEHICLE WE USED TO HAVE. THEN THERE IS THE INTEREST CHARGES TO FEED THE EVIL BANKS THAT RUINED THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS CLEARLY ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO FORCE US TO PURCHASE A DISPOSE A CAR THAT IS SHOT TO HELL JUST AFTER WE PAY IT OFF. CASH FOR CLUNKERS IS JUST ANOTHER TOOL FOR SOCIALISM SO THEY CAN SQUEEZE EVERY DOLLAR OUT OF AMERICA. HERE IS ANOTHER POINT,, PROVE TO US THAT WITHOUT A DOUBT THIS NEW CAR IS MADE AND ASSEMBLED IN THE U.S.A. BY AN AMERICAN OWNED COMPANY. DOMESTIC MY ASS, YOU AND NOBAMA HAVE NO RIGHT CALLING IT DOMESTIC.I'LL KEEP MY 64 CHEVY TRUCK.CHEVY TO THE LEVY FOLKS
      • 5 Years Ago
      in Version 3.0 of C4C I would go as far as to give everyone the 4500K if you were to trade in any V6 or greater engine over a 4 cylinders one....MPG would not matter as long as it's V6 or greater...Forget about clunkers this would be replacing beaters lol....This economy needs a jump start and from the overwhelming response of the C4C program this seems to be the one that works best at stimulating the economy then all the other billions spent on trying to stimulate the economy which all it did was fill the corrupt in government with the pork spending and wall street with fat pockets even more...
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Ray 4:44PM (8/03/2009)

        This artificial stimulation Level. Once this runs out car sales will tank once again. This is manipulation of the markets by the government and every time a boom has followed with an increasingly disastrous bust. It's happened throughout our recent history. Read my friend."

        You are so lost that I don't think you will be able to find your way even with a GPS unit lol....You are under the impression that this is the normal cars sales figures we have endured, but failed to see that due to the economy the way that it is in, we are actually at a slump..Are you aware that people are not buying at the rate we usually buy due to the condition the economy is in? people are scared to buy due to nut jobs like you that are preaching dooms day scenarios, conspiracy's and want to take us back to the stone ages...this is a stimulus nothing more nothing less to get people to go out and buy buy, bring some confidence back into the market...We are in the toughest times to qualify for loans, yet people have been able to buy 250K cars in less then a month...people with excellent credit scores, people with money in the bank, the core people of individuals that keep this economy moving...Face it, people that can barely afford anything are not going to help this economy, we have to stimulate the people still with money to go out and spend it....

        What bust of the markets are you talking about??? we are at the lowest of the lowest there is no way to go but up...

        Stimulating a consumer to purchase goods is an everyday occurrence...

        I already correctly you on your wacky ideas on the monetary system and im not going to teach you economy and how much of it the human Psyche plays a role in it....
        • 5 Years Ago
        This artificial stimulation Level. Once this runs out car sales will tank once again. This is manipulation of the markets by the government and every time a boom has followed with an increasingly disastrous bust. It's happened throughout our recent history. Read my friend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Billions to AIG who will stil go bankrupt. Bilions to Gm who still went bankrupt after paying back billions to overseas banks. Billions to bail out wallstreet and banks. So now McCain thinks $2 billion dollars for a program that allows 500,000 people to buy a new car is a waste of money. He didn't give it a thought before throwing all those billions down rat holes. Why so negative on this? Don't want the little people to get a break? Republicans are almost dead, and this may well be the ticket they can die on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And so....let me ask this question? If people who were driving CLUNKERS could not afford a new car thus the reason for driving clunkers as they are being called...then how in the heck can these same people afford a NEW car with FULL coverage insurance and payments every month when everyone is having such a hard time making ends met these days? I think this program is gonna backfire on these people who bought these new cars they most likely could not afford. All they could see was they could get 3,500 to 4,500 dollars for an old car they had, but did they really sit down and do the paperwork or did they just get taken by this big joke of a deal? I bet they got taken by it all and most won't be able to afford a new car payment with full coverage insurance on their new cars. It will catch up with them. AND...did you hear that a lot of these cars are being shipped to forgein countries where they are being resold? Cost money to do that also. Shipping cars overseas costs a small fortune so.....how is this gonna give anyone jobs in the future?? What is the real purpose of this deal the government is playing? The dealerships should have been allowed to fail as well as the big companies. Bailing these companies out is not gonna help but put us deeper into debt. Just what this country needs. Obama and his ideas are nothing but chocolate covered BS!
      damonmills9
      • 5 Years Ago
      I haven't heard a single person with brains or guts criticize this man. All of his critics speak out of utter stupidity (think "birther") or sheer gutlessness (" I'm afraid of the deficit, I'm afraid the stim won't work, I'm afraid of socialism...").
      If you are THAT afraid of socialism, why don't you tell your grandma to give back that powerchair that medicare paid for? and, by the way, if your house catches fire, will you write a check to reimburse taxpayers for the water and firemen's pay? Speaking of firemen...if your town still has them,( and Police, and Teachers), THANK THE STIM PACKAGE. Where was your moral outrage when Geedubya was building Hospitals in Iraq while our soldiers were suffering in mold-infested Walter Reed? Where was your concern for your grandkids' deficit burden when Halliburton, Blackwater, and other "Bush-buddies" were stuffing their pockets, their pants, their shirts, and several suitcases with our tax money?? Where was your Patriotism when your Republican cohort called our Constitution "just a piece of paper"(And treated it like toilet paper)?
      A+ Mr. President. And by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! (Now get back to work.....we have a Country to save). And thanks for the help buying a car this year...until I heard about this deal, buying a car was out of the question, with my family's insurance getting higher by the hour. No raises this year (again), because we still haven't pulled all the way out of the toilet that BOXERFANATIC's buddies flushed us all down..
      As for you critics--You've proved you can't lead. Now either follow or be roadkill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      " So far, 83% of the vehicles traded in have been trucks, while 60% of the vehicles purchased under the program have been cars."

      uh, 83%+60%≠100%. Who wrote that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Typhoon, all that means is that some people who traded in trucks bought cars with the money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're two different things: 83% traded in are trucks, meaning 17% traded in are cars. 60% purchased are cars, 40% are non-cars (CUVs, SUVs, Pickups). It's pretty easy.
      George Wallace
      • 5 Years Ago
      How can anyone say "cash 4 clunkers" is a success??? More than 80,000 cars have been processed, but the Obama dumbass said they will only pay for 10,000, leaving dealerships holding the bag. Plus, for dealers to "process" the transactions, they have to log onto a government website which, according to the disclaimer, states that "upon logging on to this gov't website, your business & personal computers now become the property of the U.S. Gov't & that they have the right to breach your systems & monitor your actions." That is a direct quote from the site. This is a clear violation of the 1st amendment, but since when does that terrorist clown obama care about the constitution.
      mary
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS STORY IS A HUGE LIE!!!! there is a story in my local paper today about a woman who turned in her klunker only to get a call from the dealership. guess the gov't ran out of money (big surprise) and now this woman must return the car or pay them the $4,500!!!!!

      AND NOW THE GOV WANTS 2 BILLION MORE!!!

      AND TELL YA WHAT OBAMA, HOW ABOUT PUTTING THE GITMO DETAINEES AROUND THE CORNER FROM YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA TO ME!
      tcfvgarrett
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone of the auto CEO's really work had enough for those MILLIONS.?.?
      Sammy
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting article, since the AP reports "The limited information released so far shows most buyers are not picking Ford, Chrysler or General Motors vehicles, and six of the top 10 vehicles purchased are Honda, Toyota and Hyundai." AP also reports that "The Obama administration is refusing to quickly release government records on its "cash-for-clunkers" rebate program that would substantiate — or undercut — White House claims of the program's success. The Associated Press has sought release of the data since last week. So where is Autoblog pulling information for it's glowing report?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I was running an older gas hog that fell a mile below the EPA rating I might be tempted to buy a new car. But wait a minute! If my gas hog is running fine, is free and clear of loans, still presentable and on its way to becoming a CLASSIC why bother? A car loan would cost me at least 250 a month and my insurance cost would rise by $50. My old gas hog still passes emissions tests, gets marginally less to the gallon than the EPA criterion so I guess I would keep my $300 and drive what I could afford. I suspect a lot of these cash for clunker new car deals will be on the end of a repo truck a piece down the road. Excuse my cynicsm but the program seems a cheap shot to feed indirect billions to an already taxpayer subsidised auto industry.
      marie
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just purchased a 2009 Ford Focus SES. They told me my car didn't qualify for the "clunker" program. It was a Chevy Lumina 1998. Did I get taken?
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