Re: "Cash for Clunkers" dilemma
glow, i see your point, but the point of the bill is to push people and go get a new one, simple as that.
for example, i dont think theres a huge collector base for 96 blazers with 130,000 miles on them. my dad has one, and it is still in good shape (body wise) but its just getting old and wore out. the dealer will hardly give him anything on trade for it, so in his 'old school' thinking, he will just keep his moldy money it and 'run it into the ground', and buy when the blazer is dead.
where as my mom, and siblings are trying to tell him to give it up and get something new.
the long and short of it is this - he wont get anything worth while on trade for it, but if this bill goes through, he could get a bigger break and buy a new one.
as i said, i understand your point for the collector and hobbyist, and the people who cant afford. the thing is, i know a handful of people who CAN afford a new car, and the old one they are driving is OK, but theyd like to get rid of it, but just dont want to spend their $$$. so if they get a better deal on giving up their old one, theyll buy.
the collectors arent going to be going out and trading in their collector cars. But do you honestly think that someday people will want to be collecting:
2000 Cavalier with 155,000 miles, or
1996 Lumina with 133,000 miles, or a
1996 LeSabre with 100,000 miles?
And my list goes on with peoples cars i know that would like to get rid of the clunker.
No offense, but what cars are you afraid people will be trading in as a clunker thats going to hurt the collectors? Any car that would be turned in on the bill would be just as the bill says - a clunker.