Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cash for Clunkers is Destroying Perfectly Good Cars

In an example of bureaucratic and leftist inefficiency, perfectly good cars are being destroyed under the guise of the 'Cash for Clunkers" program. What a waste.

From The Examiner:
The Cash for Clunkers program is stupid for a lot of reasons. Not only is it just another tax-payer bailout of the unions automakers, who can sell more cars at artificially depressed prices so they can keep the doors open. It also screws with the free-market (big surprise there) by pulling forward demand that isn’t there now, only to kill demand over the next 1-2 years. Killing off the clunkers also hurts the used car market, the spare parts market, and the auto repair business. If there aren’t any old cars to buy or fix, those guys are all out of a job.

But one of the most asinine parts of the plan is that they take old cars, many of which were being used as functional day-to-day transportation the day before, and destroy them. A perfectly good and useful machine destroyed for political reasons…

I know people will say that some of these cars were maintenance disasters to own and if the blue book is less that what someone will pay you for it, then there is no point in keeping it. But the Cash for Clunkers program requires that a working vehicle be destroyed. What about giving it to charity, or to your teenager, or to whomever deems the thing more useful than a $4,500 credit on a new car.

Watch a perfectly good Volvo engine bite the dust.


Cars4charities said...

Cars4Charities car donation center would have loved to have that volvo donated. They would have sold it and sent the proceeds to the charity selected by the donor. The donor would have received a tax deduction instead of a voucher.

Anonymous said...

car for the donated i have never heard about this type of news!great work
cash for old cars