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6Feds mull an extra three months to crush Cash For Clunkers victims

What do you do with some 700,000 recently clunked cars? Send them to scrap heaps, naturally. According to the initial set of rules drafted when Cash for Clunkers was first launched, all those vehicles need to be processed properly, which includes removing most (if not all) of the good usable parts from each vehicle before sending the remaining hulk through crush and melt-down machines.

20Hard to Handle: Recyclers reportedly facing crush of cars after C4C

The ramifications of America's. Cash for Clunkers program are still being figured out – which isn't all that surprising given that a total of 700,000 or so sales totaling $2.877 billion were processed in just one month. And besides facing the unfortunate lack of suitable demolition derby material, scrapyards are reportedly finding themselves ill-equipped to deal with all the junked iron sitting behind their barbed-wire fences.

48'Blue States' reportedly biggest winners in Cash For Clunkers

In the wake of the government's Cash for Clunkers program, analysts are crunching the data to determine who benefited the most from the month-long incentive program. Interestingly enough, it appears that "Blue States" (states where the residents predominantly vote for Democrat) benefited the most. USA Today reports that the 28 states that voted for Barack Obama have requested nearly $2.13 billion in rebates. On the other hand, states that voted for John McCain (a.k.a. "Red States"), have only re

12REPORT: Cash for Clunkers leads to shortage of destruction derby cars. Oh, the humanity!

With 690,000 vehicles sentenced to one final gargle of sodium silicate, thanks to the now-defunct Cash for Clunkers program, demolition-derby drivers seem to have been left holding the short end of the driveshaft. What the government seems to have forgotten is that many cars, hobbling and sputtering as they near death, prefer to make one final trip to the local county fair (assuming they escape a 24 Hours of LeMons team). There, stripped of glass and with fuel tanks moved safely inward, the clun

11REPORT: Cash For Clunkers ending Monday

This year, Labor Day in the U.S. will be celebrated on September 7. That's over two weeks away, and not that long ago, the government had said the C.A.R.S. (Cash for Clunkers) program would be funded through that date. Looks like the rebate system is once again a victim of its own success once again: a new report says that C.A.R.S. will be shut down Monday. The news is all unsourced and unverified at this point, but [UPDATE: It's official] all indications are that the wind down is really happeni

19Cash For Clunkers, the potential downsides and unintended consequences

In the flurry to give Cash For Clunkers – sorry, C.A.R.S. – a very quick $2 billion extension last week, some of the more critical voices of the program were drowned out. At the very least, their effort was in vail. It may be too late to stop the bill from becoming law, but it's worth it to think through some of the possible unintended side effects of paying people to junk their cars.

44Can't Win For Losing: Chrysler kills Cash for Clunkers incentives after running out of cars?

What do you do with a program that is driving so many customers into your showrooms that inventory is now running low? If you are Chrysler, and it's the popular incentive plan tied to the government's C.A.R.S. (a.k.a. "Cash for Clunkers") program, you extinguish it and replace it with a new, less attractive version. Really.

27REPORT: 9 of Top 10 clunkers being traded in are large trucks

The fickle nature of the American consumer is on obvious display in car dealerships across the country right now. With the government sponsoring a giant garage cleaning through the CARS ("cash for clunkers") program, people are taking old vehicles and turning them into new ones, with a fancy $4,500 check attached. Now that CARS has been active for a short while, early numbers are in: the trucks and SUVs that were so incredibly popular just a few years ago are being dumped by the thousands for sm

17Where the fiasco is at today, a Cash for Clunkers update

As the whole "Cash for Clunkers" program has transitioned from Congressionally-passed legislation to NHTSA rule book, it has at same time gone from a great way to get old gas guzzlers off the road to something resembling a fiasco. Over the course of the past week, dealers have worried that they might be subject to income taxes on the rebates they collect and customers who thought they had qualifying clunkers learned otherwise.

12REPORT: EPA ratings changes shift some "clunkers" out of cash range

Hmm. Last Friday, the official rules for the CAR Allowance Rebate System (CARS, also known as the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 and the "cash for clunkers" bill) were released. Also last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "refreshed" the combined mpg ratings on its Fuel Economy website. Why does this matter? Turns out the refresh bumped some vehicles from the qualifying 18 mpg limit into "sorry, no good" 19 mpg territory.

29REPORT: Dealers may have to pay taxes on Cash for Clunkers rebates

Nothing is ever as simple as it seems. One prime example is the government's newly minted "Cash for Clunkers" program, or CARS (Car Allowance Rebate System) that launched yesterday.

6smart USA president Dave Schembri on clunkers, upcoming electric smarts

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35REPORT: Nissan engineers tweaking vehicles to meet Cash-for-Clunkers requirements

2009 Nissan Sentra FE+ 2.0 SR - Click above for a high-res gallery

53Rules for CARS, the cash for clunkers bill, released

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.

12Rules for CARS, the cash for clunkers bill, released

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.

19REPORT: Impact of Cash for Clunkers might not be so hot; charities insisted on 18 mpg limit

With the official kick-off date for the Cash For Clunkers program CARS just over a week away, people are already saying it's really too little, too short. Last week, Auto Alliance president Dave McCurdy said that Congress could expand the program, and now some economists interviewed by Reuters are predicting that the overall effect on the economy (and, therefore, on the environment as well) will not be very large. A senior economist at Wachovia told Reuters that, "It's a very small number of peo

6Does the government know if ethanol cars qualify for Cash-For-Clunkers?

AutoblogGreen reader Michael recently sent in a question regarding the about-to-start "Cash for Clunkers" program. Officially known as the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), the program allows owners of some older and inefficient vehicles to trade them in and get a rebate check worth up to $4,500 from the government to buy a new car. The simple version of the rules are that the trade-in can't be more than 25 years old, needs to have an official combined highway/city fuel economy rating of 18 mp

35NYT interactive tool maps out which vehicles are "domestic" and which ones aren't

Now that the "Cash for Clunkers" bill has passed Congress is ready for President Obama's signature, the next question is: What car should you buy with your trade-in bonus? There were two primary motivations behind this legislation, economic and environmental. From an environmental perspective the idea is to get older, more polluting and fuel consuming vehicles off the road. On the economic side, Congress wanted to stimulate sales of new cars, especially domestically built models.

11Senate passes Cash for Clunkers, sends it to President's desk for approval

The hotly-debated Cash for Clunkers legislation is on its way to President Obama's desk tonight, oddly enough as part of a larger bill that will continue funding the military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. After a late Republican-backed effort to halt the passage of the bill failed, the Senate voted 60-36 to approve the legislation after some last minute phone calls from the President swayed a few swing voters. It seems extremely likely that President Obama will sign the bill into law in short

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