Cash for Clunkers Bill in Congress

Friday March 20th, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: m35man

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You know that old Studebaker your Uncle Freddie has in his back yard? The one that makes strange noises and smokes like a paper factory every time he takes it out for a spin? Everyone knows someone who has an old beater like Uncle Freddie’s.

Well, if you can convince old Freddie to give the vehicle to the government and buy a hybrid, for instance, he might just benefit from a stimulus package designed just for people like him who are holding on to old cars that would be better for the environment and everyone in general if they were taken off the road.

If a proposed bill to give consumers turning in old beaters cash vouchers worth as much as $7,500 to buy new, more fuel-friendly cars passes, Uncle Freddie will be in the pink and the Studebaker will be history.

This is the type of forward-thinking innovative legislation we need right now. Getting old fossil fuel-only burning cars off the highway is beneficial for everyone involved. Consumers get a price break on a new car. A fuel-efficient vehicle is added to the American fleet. The dealer selling the car makes a much-needed profit on the vehicle. And the salesman working for the dealer makes a hopefully healthy commission and keeps his tenuous job yet another day. I mean, I’ve heard of a win-win situation, but this is a win-win-win-win situation.

Read more about the Cash for Clunkers stimulus program, as reported by the Detroit News, after the jump:

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Tips for Trading In Your Car–A Pop Quiz

Friday February 6th, 2009 at 10:22 AM
Posted by: goofshow

quality pre-owned vehiclesBy Harmon Leon

Trading in your vehicle can be a very emotional experience. It’ s like saying goodbye to an old friend (or an old enemy if the car has been a bothersome a piece of crap). Despite the obvious, car owners have more of a sentimental value (“This is the first place I lost my virginity!”) to their vehicle compared to its actual worth when it comes to trading it in.

So here’s a little auto trade-in pop quiz to help you can do it right. Hopefully this will make the experience less painful than a nerve-exposed tooth pulled with rusty pliers.

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