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.


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


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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