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Old 08-31-2009, 12:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Frank Lee View Post
I swung by the local Ford dealer today and looked at "clunker row".

It was very disappointing to say the least.

There were several trucks just like mine that looked to me like they had many many miles left in 'em. Some mini-vans and a nice looking Jeep too.

But the one that really REALLY ticked me off was the super-clean '89 F150 that some retired farmer brought in. The salesman was out there with me and he said the 85 year old guy (now) bought it new. It's a beautiful truck- no rust, no dents except on the tailgate, nice paint, heck, hardly any wear anywhere. I'm looking for a plow truck and this one would be the ultimate. But it's gonna be crushed instead.

What a joke.
Here's a thought experiment. Would you have liked it better if they had created a provision to recycle healthy clunkers (aka clean emissions and strong drivetrains) to people with still worse MPG? The idea is, keep trading the "higher MPG" vehicle for the "lower MPG" vehicle until you have upgraded the whole vehicle inventory.



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