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July 30th, 2009

List of ‘clunkers’ revised

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Just when you thought you had “Cash for Clunkers” figured out, the government goes and changes the list of eligible cars:

As it prepared for its “cash-for-clunkers” program, the government rejiggered gas mileage figures on about 100 older vehicles last week in a way that changed whether they would be eligible for up to $4,500 in sales inducements.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the changes resulted from a double-check of its fuel-efficiency ratings on more than 30,000 1984 and newer vehicles in advance of the official start of the clunkers program Monday.

The EPA was instructed to compute the mileage of eligible vehicles to the fourth decimal place(!), which resulted in changing the eligibility of “about 100 vehicles,” the EPA said.

Here’s a list of cars now ineligible for the C4C program. While you’re there, check out USA Today’s cars-and-trucks blog, which keeps tabls on C4C — just keep scrolling.

And here’s the revised Cash for Clunkers Eligible Trade-In Vehicle List, courtesy of Edmunds.com.

Update: The Cash for Clunkers program has buyers ready to spend, but dealers are running into problems getting rebates approved.

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2 Responses to “List of ‘clunkers’ revised”

  1. Billy Bear Says: July 30th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Porsche? BMW? Mercedes? WTF? This program was supposed to get old beat up gas guzzling junk off of the highway and into recycling where it belongs. The argument I heard was that people who owned these couldn’t get a decent trade in so they could afford to buy a car. Up until they revised the list, a 2005 KIA Sorento EX was eligible for $3500. WTF? Where is the advantage in the list? This is another example of moronic legislation painted to look beneficial. The paint is peeling before the job even gets started. Great concept….really stupid in the final analysis. Why don’t we get these 1982 Caprice Classics, and Crown Victorias and other V8 gas hogs that are taking up space and dragging down their owners with the cost of operation off of the streets, and not worry about the 2002 BMWs or Cadillacs, or Mercedes, that we know all the poor folk are driving around and lamenting the gas mileage. How ridiculous. Here’s an idea, let’s make anyone who runs for office take an IQ test, and forbid companies from buying and selling our senators and congressmen.

  2. shumway Says: August 3rd, 2009 at 1:45 am

    i have an old (95) chrysler New Yorker which has never been close to the ‘government’ estimated fuel economy. too bad it’s not on the list so i can get a car that gets good fuel economy. now if i could have afforded a caddy i would be covered. another help the rich program. so much for the middle class coming out on anything the government does. it’s always for the well off guy who also gets the lions share of all the tax deductions. such is life i guess.

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