As is all too often the case, unintended consequences appear likely to play a part in the aftermath of Cash for Clunkers. One of the points made in selling the whole idea was that it would save fuel by taking older fuel-guzzling vehicles off the road and replace them with new, more efficient vehicles. While this appears to have worked out – with the average mileage for the first quarter million trade-ins going from 16.3 mpg to 24.8 mpg – that figure is not the end of the story.
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