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JT
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2009 12:01:00 AM

Last week we asked what you thought of a "cash for clunkers" program; this week we ask whether you participated yourself or would do so if it was available to you.
I would / I did
I would but I can't
I won't but I could
I can't but even if I could, I wouldn't
I'm undecided, I don't know enough

Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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sybilg
Rookie Author Quebec

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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:54:35 AM

i would
achung53
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:47:35 AM

I would
randyt58
Champion Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2011 9:18:10 AM

yes but dont crush the cars. put them in a pull a part junk yard and let people get parts off of them
googlee
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2011 7:14:25 AM

I would but I can't
HardeepWA
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2011 4:05:36 AM

I would but I can't.
LXH18
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2011 3:05:59 PM

I would but I can't.
mattsage
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2011 9:20:17 AM

I would but I can't
bja0030
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Message Posted: May 13, 2011 9:39:40 PM

NO
DB2008
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2011 7:47:47 AM

no
wrunner
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2011 6:01:53 PM

I won't but I could.
SAVEITIL
Champion Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2010 1:16:27 AM

I would have but I could not
michigansooner
Rookie Author Grand Rapids

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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2010 7:19:30 PM

yes i agree with helping the auto industry , but they did away with all incentives and went to msrp and really didnt give you ,but a tax credit on the vehicle you bought, and more or less gave your vehicle to them, so you decide was it worth it? they actually the government made more money in taxes than what you were paying before and what they spent for the cash for clunker program.

[Edited by: michigansooner at 7/27/2010 7:20:34 PM EST]
fuel1971
Rookie Author San Antonio

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2010 11:51:40 PM

I'm undecided, I don't know enough
bja0030
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: May 18, 2010 10:33:31 AM

no
HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2010 8:59:35 PM

i can't
BobD2009
Champion Author Long Island

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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2010 10:10:22 AM

No I have not and and would not regardless. I am honest enough to not be involved in a government scam.
Lydia25
Rookie Author Hartford

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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2009 3:14:08 PM

I wanted it but I was not able to
rozefrein
Rookie Author Austin

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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2009 10:41:27 AM

I did not participate in teh cash for clunkers because my cars waste a lot of gas, but not enough to get the credit. If I qualified, I would buy me a new car.
riverrising
Champion Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2009 10:09:04 AM

best for me not to add to finances.
phawgare
Rookie Author Dayton

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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2009 10:43:00 PM

I WOULDN'T BECAUSE U GOTTA GIVE TO GET SOMETHING GOOD NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE DEAL MAY BE
TAT36
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2009 3:02:45 PM

My source was the governments own web site. But then again maybe I am wrong since they didn't get anything else right about this great deal and maybe they changed their mind. As for the state sales tax yes most states do charge tax and it is deductible at year end, however there was sales tax charged on the $3,500 or $4,500 which cost you immediately on purchase. Seems like a good deal to me to give the state $200 to $400 to get a 30% deduction on that amount even if you don't claim the voucher as cash. But better be careful and don't get trapped paying tax twice.
WES03
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2009 8:04:47 AM

TAT36: Check your sources. You are misinformed. The C4C money is NOT taxable and, as a bonus, if you bought a car in a state with sales taxes (most states) that tax is deductible on your Fed income tax.
TAT36
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2009 3:12:20 PM

Did not and would not. Voucher for $3500 or $4500 will be taxable income on next years taxes like the last rebate was. Cuts down the incentive drastically if you are in the 30% to 40% tax bracket. Do the math.
charmer1212
Rookie Author Memphis

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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2009 9:25:43 AM

No, I did not participate. My car did not qualify
Snake21921
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2009 7:23:56 AM

I would of but my car didn't qualify
DonKofAK
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2009 9:45:52 PM

It was said, "When I saw the final results with 8 of the top ten sales going to foreign car companies I got very upset."

"In retrospect I would have required the cash for clunkers was
valid only on purchases of American owned automobile companies..."

1. Why did you get upset? Is it because you believe all the benefit went beyond our borders? If so, that presumes nobody on this continent was paid for transporting, preparing, marketing, selling, and servicing the new vehicles.

2. Subaru has a manufacturing plant in the middle of the U.S. and there are reports other "foreign" cars are built in North America too. That suggests another part of the price paid for the car went to those plants and their employees.

3. All the local employees paid by the purchase of a car under the program shared the money with landlords, food suppliers, barbers, and all the others whose products and services are consumed by those who got a piece of the action. Perhaps the question is, "how much of the money stayed within our borders and how many times did each dollar turn over?" I refer to the very important money multiplier when using the term "turn over". For example, house construction is said to have a money multiplier of 10 while house remodeling can have a multiplier of 17 -- that shows how many times the dollar is spent and re-spent in the economy. Spending 30,000 to remodel your house does a lot more for local employment than most capital expenditures, especially those involving obvious imports like diamonds from South Africa.
djtdi
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2009 3:55:19 PM

I would've if I could've
mattressman13
Champion Author South Bend

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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2009 9:06:37 PM

Thought that it was a good idea in the beginning but I changed my
mind the day the feds upped the program by an additional $2 billion.

When I saw the final results with 8 of the top ten sales going to
foreign car companies I got very upset.

In retrospect I would have required the cash for clunkers was
valid only on purchases of American owned automobile companies...
DeadMan09
Rookie Author San Antonio

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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2009 9:21:49 AM

I'm undecided, I don't know enough
chui
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 11:59:57 PM

I, would.
OKRifle
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 10:36:17 PM

Could but didn't!
AcuraTSX
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 9:04:58 PM

Terrible use of taxpayer money that only benefited 5%.
Just adds to the national debt. Vote the bums out (both parties) in 2010.
Bonanza
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 7:40:22 PM

Bad use of taxpayers money
MrBally
All-Star Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 6:22:57 PM

it's a stupid idea CONcocted by a group of idiots.
NoJokeOak
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 5:47:16 PM

The first two responses are NOT mutually exclusive, and create confusion for the responder.
april4
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 4:51:00 PM

Did not qualify
pyndasky
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 2:26:21 PM

my 7 year old clunker still gets pretty decent gas mileage. The cost of a comparable vehicle has more than doubled, so even with the "rebate", trading in my current vehicle, which still runs well, does not make financial sense.
lupo
Sophomore Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 1:11:35 PM

It really depends on what kind of clunker you have.
But most likely, most part of the credit was took by the dealers. The part took by buyers usually worths less than the clunker they trade in.
DMVGURU
Rookie Author Syracuse

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 12:55:45 PM

First of all this program was not thought out at all. Not enough people in government to work on the paperwork. They changed the rules over a dozen times. I know this first hand as I work for a dealership. Customers assumed they could just be delivered a vehicle without the dealership even getting an approval from this program. That can't be done like that. And for the government to say that dealerships can't hold off delivering the cars was just not right. This program was set up wrong from the beginning. Also as far as "foreign" cars go...Toyotas are built primarily in the US. They are several factories across the country. It's not like when cars were made here years ago and it was just GM products. Now GM is made over seas alot of the time. You can't go by the old standards anymore. Times have changed.
SuperMoto
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 12:50:58 PM

According to what the so call experts say on many TV news shows the CFC program will do very little to save gas consumption or "green" effect.

It was great for people looking for a car deal and car dealers.

But it was a waste of taxpayer money and another auto industry bailout.

Vote them out in 2010.
CPGas1815
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 11:45:09 AM

tank topper
N9HVP
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 11:10:08 AM

I can't but even if I could, I wouldn't!!!!!!!!
wharris3
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 11:03:15 AM

I agree there should of been a buy American clause in the package but they say they couldn't do it because it wouldn't be fair. Who cares, this was to get Americas economy going not Japans, Chinas or Korea. If you can't exclude them then don't give them such a big discount, only give them 10% of what an American car would get (or less)!
HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 10:35:55 AM

no i wqould not
roadkillGA
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 9:43:34 AM

Personal conviction.
thinkaboutit
Champion Author Colorado

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 9:19:47 AM

Buy American means not to buy oil first, consumer goods second. The largest portion of the US trade imbalance is due to imported oil.

Do we really want to micromanage the brand of cars customers should buy?

But cutting oil consumption to more in half would be too painful to the consumer.
usgoods
Veteran Author Akron

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 8:29:08 AM

They should have at least included a "Buy American" clause in the program. Until now, all government contracts put American products first.
Lengas
Champion Author Gary

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 8:02:13 AM

I'm glad its over, no more please.
dongo50
Champion Author West Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 7:51:53 AM

no
geeeooo
Rookie Author Oregon

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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2009 12:54:48 AM

I would but I can't
59glide
Champion Author New Haven

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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2009 11:29:35 PM

I would bye a new full size pick up but gas milage is'nt much better than my 15 year old ford
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