Edmunds: Cash For Clunkers Cost $24k Per Car
Edmunds‘ analysis shows that only 125k of the nearly 690k vehicles sold during Cash For Clunkers were incremental. Divide the three billion the government spent by that number, and you’re left with a $24k per-vehicle subsidy of additional sales. Which Edmunds admits were largely pull-forward anyway. Edmunds’ research also shows that fewer consumers would have traded in gas guzzlers had the stimulus not existed. As a result, “that may give some credence to the environmental claims, but unfortunately the economic claims have been rendered quite weak,” according to Edmunds analysts. All hail the Potemkin Economy!