The government has set forth clear rules governing what happens to a vehicle that's been traded in under the Cash for Clunkers program. Before being shipped to a processor and shredded into metallic lettuce, the dealer that accepts the trade-in must permanently disable the engine... kill it... dead. We've already described for you what the process entails: Draining the vehicle's oil and replacing it with sodium silicate solution, turning the car on and revving it at 2,000 rpm until the engine seizes. It sounds as efficient as an executioner's blade, but as this video after the jump of the process being implemented shows, the reality is anything but.
Have you ever watched a car in its final death throes? Be prepared, have a hanky handy. We won't think less of you if tears are shed, even if it is for a 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora with 240,000 miles. Thanks to Wayzata Nissan, you'll see exactly what's required for every single Cash for Clunkers trade-in after the jump.