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Cash for Clunkers was a success in the U.S., but it's done and over with here. Over in the UK, their version of the old-for-new deal, the scrappage scheme, will be extended to include an additional 100,000 vehicles. The announcement was made today by Lord Mandelson. The basics of the UK plan are to offer new car buyers £2,000 off if they trade in a vehicle that is at least eight years old (this is a change, as the limit had been 10 years). Unlike in the U.S., where C4C ran out of money qui

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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

Normally I've been against most types of vehicle scrappage programs or clunker laws. They're usually deceitful diversions for big oil company polluters or they're intended to take away cars that hobbyists or senior citizens want to keep. Now the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District may embark on an ambitious plan to buy out owners of the area's highest polluters, and it's a strategy I will take a second look at when all the details are released.