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.
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.
Following the in the successful footsteps of France's €1,500, Germany's €2,500 and Britain's £2,000 vehicle scrapping programs, Spain's Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has announced a €2,000 scrappage plan to stimulate that country's auto industry and remove old cars from Spanish roads. Under the plan, the Spanish government will throw in €500 if the country's many regions match that figure and automakers add €1,000 more. This means that a
It appears that a U.S. "Cash for Clunkers" program is right around the corner now that President Obama and the U.S. House of Representatives have come to an agreement on how the bill should be structured. However, it's not a done-deal yet, as the legislation still needs to get through Congress.
The United States finally appears ready to implement a "Cash for Clunkers" program now that President Obama and the U.S. House of Representatives have come to an agreement on how the bill should be structured. It's not yet a done deal, though, as the legislation still needs to get through Congress.
The powers-that-be in the United Kingdom have announced a vehicle scrapping plan that would pay motorists 2,000 pounds to turn in a vehicle that's at least 10 years old in exchange for a new car or truck. In reality, the government is only chipping in half that amount, and the automakers themselves are expected to throw in the other thousand pounds.
As expected, UK Finance Minister Alistair Darling has officially announced a new vehicle scrappage scheme that will pay motorists £2,000 ($2,914 USD) for trading in a vehicle that's at least 10 years old for a new car. Half of the funds will be provided by the government, and the other half will be paid out by the automakers.
The Environmental Transport Association in the United Kingdom is not pleased with the government's plan to launch a so-called Cash for Clunkers program. Automakers are generally fond of the proposals that would pay new car purchasers £2,000 for trading in their old rides for new cars. The stated goal is to get older, dirtier and less fuel efficient machines off the road in favor of models with the latest emissions controls.
Government officials in the United Kingdom are widely expected to launch a vehicle scrapping scheme modeled after the successful German program, which has boosted sales in Europe's largest market by over 20 percent in each of the two months it's been available. Details of the UK program are still sketchy, with some outlets like the Times of London and the BBC suggesting that the scrapping scheme will be included in the government's April 22nd budget. The Telegraph, however, reports that the prog
It's rare for the Detroit 3 automakers, the UAW and various politicians to agree on anything meaningful, but that's exactly what appears to be happening after Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio (D) introduced a bill in Congress called Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save bill (CARS Act) that revives the so-called "Cash for Clunkers" plan. This bill would offer consumers up to $5,000 to trade in a vehicle that's at least 8 years old in exchange for a new one built in the United States that gets at leas
That old clunker in your driveway is not looking so bad right about now, huh? As borne out in the last few month's set of sales figures, Americans are purchasing fewer cars today than in previous years, meaning that the current fleet of vehicles on the road is older than ever before. According to data compiled by R. L. Polk & Co., the average vehicle in use today is 9.4 years old, up a few points from last year's 9.2-year average.
Countries looking to shore up their lagging auto sales now have a shining example to follow in Germany, Europe's largest market for new car sales. In February, sales rose by 21%, which is an astounding figure when you look at the results for the same period in other countries, including the United States, as the weak global economy puts a stranglehold on consumer pocketbooks.
According to a study recently published by R. L. Polk & Co., Americans are keeping their cars on the road longer than ever before. One look at our recent posts on monthly sales figures should be enough to explain the phenomenon, as drivers are delaying the purchase of a new vehicle as long as possible. Much of this trend can be attributed to the current economic climate since consumers have less money each month to spend on transportation needs. Last summer's record high fuel prices were als
Here's a question that often comes up when discussing the green automotive scene: Is it more eco-friendly to keep your old car or to buy a new, more fuel efficient model? The answer is, as you may have guessed, very complicated. One way to attack the question is on carbon emissions, and this is the main tack that Scientific American has taken when analyzing the issue. According to SciAm, due to the emissions created when manufacturing vehicles, you should keep your current car as long as possibl
Considering that the legacy left behind by American car companies has little to do with being clean, there seems to be an increased sense of urgency by some U.S. states to replace the older fleet of vehicles with newer, and therefore cleaner, vehicles. The states with the two largest vehicle fleets, Texas and California, have both implemented new programs which offer cash-based incentives to owners of older vehicles which fail current emissions testing. In Texas, up to $3,500 is offered towards
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