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Cash for clunkers statistics

Original post made by Warren, Downtown, on Aug 4, 2009

I work in the automotive industry and after 5 days of the cash for clunkers program the statistics fall as follows; 7 out of the top 10 vehicles sold are made by either Toyota, Honda, or Hyundai. The other 3 are Ford Fusion, Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Sentra. None of the top ten are made by either GM nor Chrysler.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:01 am

You're partially correct. The Chevy Cobalt made the list.

Here's an actual breakdown:

The Ten Most Traded-In Vehicles (vehicle's EPA mileage)
1. 1998 Ford Explorer (14-17 mpg)
2. 1997 Ford Explorer (14-18 mpg)
3. 1996 Ford Explorer (14-18 mpg)
4. 1999 Ford Explorer (14-18 mpg)
5. Jeep Grand Cherokee
6. Jeep Cherokee
7. 1995 Ford Explorer (15-18 mpg)
8. 1994 Ford Explorer (15-18 mpg)
9. 1997 Ford Windstar (18 mpg)
10. 1999 Dodge Caravan (16-18 mpg)

The Ten Most Purchased Vehicles (vehicle's EPA mileage)
1. Ford Focus (27-28 mpg)
2. Honda Civic (24-42 mpg)
3. Toyota Corolla (25-30 mpg)
4. Toyota Prius (46 mpg)
5. Ford Escape (20-32 mpg)
6. Toyota Camry (23-34 mpg)
7. Dodge Caliber (22-27 mpg)
8. Hyundai Elantra (26-28 mpg)
9. Honda Fit (29-31 mpg)
10. Chevy Cobalt (25-30 mpg


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:05 am

Whoops, the Dodge Caliber made the list as well.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:08 am

I just heard it on the radio and the Cobalt must have fallen out of the top 10 as it was not mentioned. How many of these vehicles are made in the US by Ford? How does this help create american jobs?


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Posted by Or
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:13 am

Or if Congress would have authorized a $4K tax credit for everyone, guess how many other companies would have felt a stimulus, and in turn their employees?

Way to limit it to cars that most could've been put into the used car market or used for spare parts!

Naw, instead let's ship the smashed cars to China. Wonder what they'll do with our waste? I'm sure of one thing: It won't do anything to help the job market here.


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Posted by Bobby
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:23 am

Focus made in Mexico, Escape made in Mexico and Kansas City, Caliber made in Mexico, Corolla made in Toronto and California, Camry made in Kentucky, Prius in Japan and China, Civic made in Japan, Hyundai made in Korea, Fit made in Japan. Another well thought our program by our elected officials.


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Posted by Tony Lobato
a resident of Dublin
on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:34 am


Well it figures! Our government bought the two worst companies. We should have bought Toyota as they make great cars.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Or

The market value of the cars traded in has to be below $4,500 otherwise people would have sold them private party or traded them into the dealer for a value greater than the $4,500. So I don't think the used car market really suffered from a lack of available inventory - espeically the used vehicle market above the $4,500 price point. Additionally, qualifying vehicles had to meet EPA mpg requirements, so you're really talking about vans, trucks, and SUVs with a market value of under $4,500. I don't think much harm was done in terms of taking used inventory out of the pool.

Regarding spare parts, all vehicles can be completely stripped for spare parts with exception to the motor. The motor and frame have to be crushed.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I'm trying to figure out a way to trade in an old 10 speed bicycle for a new car. Maybe I'll attach some car headlights to the handle bars and walk in convinced that I have a car to trade in!




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Posted by Be Positive
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:47 am

"Or" should read this...Web Link

Something good is happening in the economy and they feel the need to complain. What an Eeyore!

My family greatly benefited from this program. We were hanging on to our clunker, still driving it, praying it wouldn't die. We would have gotten nothing for it and couldn't ever afford a new car. With the rebate, we were able to trade it in, get a more fuel efficient car, and at a price that we can afford to pay. I spoke with all of the additional people surrounding the car industry that are benefiting from this lift to their business- from the salesperson to the loan agent....it is a domino effect. Ford is seeing a profit for the first time in two years.

It's ok to be happy/postive about something going right in the economy, regardless of what party you belong to.


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Posted by Or
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2009 at 11:05 am

I am so happy that you got a new car with my tax money. I mean, why shouldn't I be happy for you?

If I'm not, I get called derogatory names.

Win-win!

Now, please tell me how I should feel if you rob my home next week. I'll be sure to thank you on your way out.

Moron.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Or, please list your address.

Thank you,

Cholo


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Posted by Be Positive
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Hey Or....

Over 80,000 cars have been sold, your taxes paid for all of them and mine didn't?

Maybe you shouldn't sign your posts with your real name.


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Posted by Or...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Dear 'Be Postive',

I concede. You are the intellectual superior in this debate and your logical conclusions reduce me to nothing...

Or at least you can think that in your alternate universe.

Love,
Or

BTW, What day will you be coming by to rob me blind next week? I want to be prepared with a welcoming gift. Do you prefer shotguns or handguns?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm

hi little orly...i prefer fire...what kind of roof to you have?

signed,

ollie the pidgeon!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 5, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Correction: do you have?

ping...pong!


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