Cash For Clunkers: Fortune Favors the Impatient

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Do you have a vehicle that was eligible for the government’s CARS program until the EPA revised old mileage averages? If so, your vehicle is no longer eligible for the $3,500-$4,500 incentive. If you had set up a deal before the final rule came out, however, the government will hook you up regardless. “We’ve tried to come up with the fairest possible solution under the circumstances,” CARS’ long-suffering spokesman, Rae Tyson, explains to Automotive News [sub]. But it’s hard to see what exactly is fair about that. Didn’t NHTSA specifically warn that “if a dealer chooses to structure a transaction before the final rule is issued, they will bear the risks associated with later demonstrating that the transaction meets all of the specifications of the final rule”? Why are the folks who ignored the warning being rewarded, while those who waited for the rules get the shaft? More importantly, if anyone got away with engine-melting a 1987 Alfa GTV (recently reprieved by the EPA mileage mulligan), there are going to be phones ringing in at least one congresscritter’s office. Hit the jump for a complete list of clunkers which saw their eligibility change due to the EPA revision.

VEHICLES NOW ELIGIBLE

1987 Buick Regal


1987 Cadillac Brougham


1987 Chevrolet Caprice


1987 Chevrolet G10/20 Van 2WD


1987 Chevrolet R10 Pickup 2WD


1987 Chevrolet T10 Blazer 4WD


1987 Chevrolet T10 Pickup 4WD


1987 GMC G15/25 Vandura 2WD


1987 GMC R15 Pickup 2WD


1987 GMC T15 Jimmy 4WD


1987 GMC T15 Pickup 4WD


1987 Jeep Cherokee/Wagoneer 4WD


1987 Jeep Comanche 4WD


1987 Nissan 300ZX


1987 Nissan 300ZX 2×2


1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme


1987 Porsche 911


1988 Alfa Romeo Milano


1988 BMW 3 Series


1988 BMW 3 Series


1988 Mercedes-Benz 260E


1988 Mercury Cougar


1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Classic


1989 Alfa Romeo Milano


1989 Austin Rover Sterling


1989 BMW M3


1989 Chevrolet S10 Blazer 4WD


1989 Chevrolet S10 Pickup 4WD


1989 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan/Ram Van 2WD


1989 Ford Taurus Wagon V6 A/C


1989 GMC S15 Jimmy 4WD


1989 GMC S15 Pickup 4WD


1989 Mercury Sable Wagon V6 A/C


1989 Plymouth Voyager/Grand Voyager 2WD


1990 BMW 325i Convertible


1990 BMW 525i


1990 BMW M3


1990 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue/Imperial


1990 Chrysler TC By Convertible


1990 Ford Taurus Wagon


1990 Isuzu Pickup 2WD


1990 Mercury Sable Wagon


1991 Alfa Romeo 164


1991 BMW M3


1991 Ford Taurus Wagon


1991 Jeep Cherokee 2WD


1991 Mercury Sable Wagon


1992 Alfa Romeo 164


1992 Chrysler Imperial


1993 Acura Legend


1993 Alfa Romeo 164


1993 Buick Park Avenue


1993 Mitsubishi Diamante


1993 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight


1994 Eagle Summit Wagon


1994 Ford LTD Crown Victoria


1994 Ford Thunderbird


1994 Isuzu Pickup 2WD


1994 Lincoln Lincolin Town Car


1994 Lincoln Mark VIII


1994 Mercury Cougar


1994 Mercury Grand Marquis


1994 Mitsubishi Expo


1994 Plymouth Colt Vista


1994 Volkswagen Passat


1994 Volkswagen Passat


1994 Volkswagen Passat Wagon


1994 Volkswagen Passat Wagon


1995 Eagle Summit Wagon


1995 Lincoln Mark VIII


1995 Mitsubishi Expo


1995 Volkswagen Jetta III GLX


1995 Volkswagen Passat


1995 Volkswagen Passat Wagon


1996 Chrysler Concorde


1996 Chrysler New Yorker/LHS


1996 Eagle Vision


1996 Mitsubishi 3000 GT Spyder


1996 Volkswagen Passat


1996 Volkswagen Passat Wagon


1997 Mercedes-Benz E420


1997 Toyota 4Runner 2WD


1997 Toyota T100 2WD


1997 Volkswagen Passat


1997 Volkswagen Passat Wagon


2004 Mazda RX-8

VEHICLES NO LONGER ELIGIBLE

1987 Alfa Romeo GTV


1987 Alfa Romeo Milano


1987 BMW 5 Series


1987 Chevrolet S10 Blazer 2WD


1987 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan/Ram Van 2WD


1987 Dodge Shadow


1987 Ford Aerostar Van


1987 Ford LTD Crown Victoria


1987 Ford LTD Crown Victoria Wagon


1987 GMC S15 Jimmy 2WD


1987 Lincoln Continental


1987 Lincoln Mark VII


1987 Lincoln Town Car


1987 Mercury Grand Marquis


1987 Mercury Grand Marquis Wagon


1987 Plymouth Sundance


1987 Plymouth Voyager/Grand Voyager 2WD


1987 Plymouth Voyager/Grand Voyager 2WD


1987 Porsche 944


1987 Toyota Truck 4WD


1988 Mazda 929


1988 Peugeot 505 Sedan


1988 Peugeot 505 Sedan


1988 Toyota 4Runner 4WD


1989 Mazda 929


1989 Peugeot 505 Sedan


1989 Porsche 911 Carrera


1990 Audi 80 Quattro


1990 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan/Ram Van 2WD


1990 Plymouth Voyager/Grand Voyager 2WD


1990 Saab 9000


1990 Toyota 1-Ton Truck 2WD


1990 Toyota Truck 2WD


1991 Audi 80 Quattro


1991 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan 2WD


1991 Dodge Ram 50 Pickup 2WD


1991 Lexus ES 250


1991 Mitsubishi Truck 2WD


1991 Plymouth Voyager/Grand Voyager 2WD


1991 Toyota Camry


1991 Toyota Camry Wagon


1992 Acura NSX


1992 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan 2WD


1992 Dodge Ram 50 Pickup 2WD


1992 Jeep Cherokee 4WD


1992 Jeep Comanche Pickup 4WD


1992 Mitsubishi Truck 2WD


1992 Plymouth Voyager/Grand Voyager 2WD


1992 Saab 900


1992 Saab 900


1993 Dodge Ram 50 Pickup 2WD


1993 Dodge Stealth


1993 Jeep Comanche Pickup 2WD


1993 Mitsubishi 3000 GT


1993 Mitsubishi Truck 2WD


1993 Toyota Camry


1993 Toyota Camry Wagon


1994 Mazda B2300/B3000/B4000 Pickup 2WD


1994 Mazda MPV


1994 Mitsubishi Diamante Wagon


1994 Volkswagen Corrado SLC


1995 Kia Sportage 2WD


1995 Mazda MPV


1995 Toyota Tacoma 2WD


1996 Jeep Cherokee 2WD


1996 Nissan Truck 2WD


1996 Toyota Supra


1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLX


1997 Chrysler Concorde


1997 Chrysler New Yorker/LHS


1997 Dodge Intrepid


1997 Eagle Vision


1997 Kia Sportage 4WD


1997 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG


1997 Nissan Truck 2WD


1997 Toyota Supra


1997 Toyota T100 2WD


1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX

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  • Fincar1 Fincar1 on Jul 31, 2009

    I don't get all the comparisons of the total suckage of this scrappage program with the post office. USPS has its problems, but as an ebay trader I can nearly always count on two- to three-day priority mail service coast to coast, and one package in the last ten years has failed to arrive, and no package has arrived with the contents damaged so I had to make good on it. The scrappage program, on the other hand, just plain effing sucks. The only way it could be made better imo is if the turned-in vehicles were turned over for free to the local demolition-derby crowd. That would realize the objective of getting them off the roads.

  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Jul 31, 2009
    I send the plague in the general direction of anyone who scraps an Alfa, you truly suck. +2 to that I will gladly take anyones Alfa bound for the scrap yard and what a crime it would be to destoy their awesome twincam motors. An Alfa GTV6 in nice condition like the one pictured would sell for more then this stupid clunker program would pay out. If you own and Alfa and would consider scrapping it for this program you are no Alfisti and should hand over your keys to me.
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