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  • Here Comes the Fail: Clunkers Sales on the Wane Just as Companies Ramp Up Production

    http://www.bangshift.com/blog/Here-C...roduction.html

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    Re: Here Comes the Fail: Clunkers Sales on the Wane Just as Companies Ramp Up Production

    Washington D.C. is the one place on Earth where obvious failure can guarantee a program's continued viability.

    As Freiburger's prescient editorial in the October '09 Hot Rod Magazine predicts, the Congress will whitewash the dubious environmental benefits of the "Car Allowance Rebate System" [sic]. This will provide "cover" for the next round.

    I predict that then superlobbyists like the Dave McCurdy of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers will cajole Congress into renewing the "Cash for Clunkers" welfare/bailout plan as a means of: (a) furthering the recovery; (b) reducing the newly bloated inventory of FWD wimpsters that won't sell without about $10,000.00 "cash on the hood;" and (c) making sure that New GM and Chrysler can "pay back" a fraction of the billions the taxpayers have invested in them.

    So dealer lots bulging with non-selling enviromobiles will play right into this scheme.

    The OEM, labor, dealer, and environmental lobbyists will use the declining impact of the CARS welfare plan and the horrible job that NHTSA has done in administering it to dramatically reduce the restrictions on what can be traded in during the next go-round of sodium silicate vandalism.

    Moreover, if Cap and Trade somehow becomes law, utilities and big industrial concerns will likely devise "crusher plans" to "trade" as "offsets" or "credits" for their carbon emissions.

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      Re: Here Comes the Fail: Clunkers Sales on the Wane Just as Companies Ramp Up Production

      http://www.omaha.com/article/20090818/NEWS01/708189958

      Interesting article in last nights paper.

      Phil / Omaha

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        Re: Here Comes the Fail: Clunkers Sales on the Wane Just as Companies Ramp Up Production

        We can't spell "Failure" without U !!

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          Re: Here Comes the Fail: Clunkers Sales on the Wane Just as Companies Ramp Up Production

          I can't believe the auto industry can be so stupid.

          This program (CARS) is like a 25hp sneaky pete shot on nitrous on an 900hp big block. It provides a tiny boost for a short duration with ZERO long term sustainability.
          Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
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          1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
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            Re: Here Comes the Fail: Clunkers Sales on the Wane Just as Companies Ramp Up Production

            Yet this is the one stimulus package that is visible and near immediate. The C4C sold the inventory of cars sitting on lots, cars are now getting built, suppliers are now building parts. If you work for one of these companies, I bet your jumping for joy; whether you're a truck driver who hauls cars from the port to the dealer, or the guy who makes alternators for GM, or someone who installs dash pads in Malibus. I'm betting we'll see more of this type of stimulus even with it's detractors and a large part of the money going to foreign owned companies.
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              Re: Here Comes the Fail: Clunkers Sales on the Wane Just as Companies Ramp Up Production

              I hope it fails soon. Today I saw a nice Jeep Wrangler, a 93 Mustang LX 5.0 and a 96 Mustang GT in the clunker lot. Not even close to clunker status.

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              • #8
                Re: Here Comes the Fail: Clunkers Sales on the Wane Just as Companies Ramp Up Production

                I guess when the dealers fill their lots back up with cars they won't be able to sell will be the perfect time for me to in and look at the new car I've been wanting. Only they're going to have to give me some incentive to buy!

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                  Re: Here Comes the Fail: Clunkers Sales on the Wane Just as Companies Ramp Up Production

                  Timing is everything, the manufacturers just didn't have to give the major rebates they normal give on the low-markup cars..... and now they've cleared the lots and have the space (just in time, mind you) for the new models. So what they're refilling their lots... they were going to do it anyway.
                  I like the latest nugget I heard - that GM wants to start paying the gov back but the gov won't take the money because they think they can get more money after the new year..... what flipping lunacy - the government is NOT to compete with the market.... unless, apparently, they can come up with a good reason not to - such as vote buying or such things.
                  Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                  • #10
                    Re: Here Comes the Fail: Clunkers Sales on the Wane Just as Companies Ramp Up Production

                    i agree with Edmund's. now that the initial excitement is over, the dealers and the manufacturers are gonna be building more cars to replace the ones that were sold, but the ones their building now will do the same exact thing as before...sit on the lot. The c4c program was a good idea on paper, but its a bandaid solution to problem that's a gaping wound. FAIL

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