Preliminary rules for the CARS act – which was known as the Cash for Clunkers bill and is now more officially known as the CAR Allowance Rebate System or the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 – were released by the Federal government today. Automakers have been busy doubling the rebates and emphasizing the green results of the bill, but today was the first chance to see exactly how CARS will work. It's about time.
Oh, come on. With a "Cash for Clunkers" bill being tossed around on Capitol Hill, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) is trying to round up a posse to fight it. The reason? "These scrapped vehicles will more than likely be sent to landfills, creating more pollution, not less," says AAIA president Aaron Lowe. "Providing incentives for motorists to have their current vehicles maintained for fuel efficiency would be a better use of federal money that would also benefit the enviro