Cash for Clunkers?
The cash for clunkers program has had me thinking of just how insane some things can get. As a classic car collector I know the value of older vehicles and although the cash for clunkers specifically excluded vehicles old enough to be considered classic by today’s terms. It did include vehicles that one day would be considered classic and even today could be considered collectable. And what if the next round the program is widened to include cars and trucks from the early 90’s? Under such a program someone who did not know any better could trade in say a Chevrolet 454 SS truck. Or maybe a same era Impala SS. Or how about a Ford Lightning truck? We can probably all agree it would be a shame to see vehicles of this type go to the crusher. Now I can appreciate that the program did stimulate the Auto sales industry and we needed that. And for the most part the vehicles that were traded in where of no collector value but with most of the auto companies now being government owned and this being a government sponsored program, We as classic car enthusiasts need to be watchdogs for what could end up being the end to our beloved passion for older cars. Some think that we are not that far from a government mandate that would require all cars 10 or 20 years old to be crushed, no exceptions. Believe me there is talk of this in small circles.
In some parts of the country and Canada it is already in effect for local municipalities to hand out fines for un-licensed vehicles stored on private property.
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