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N.C. consumers get $78M for clunkers

Posted August 27, 2009

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— North Carolina consumers applied for $78.6 million in government rebates during the "Cash for Clunkers" program that ended Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The $3 billion program provided rebates of up to $4,500 to people who traded gas-guzzling vehicles for new, fuel-efficient models. The program was so popular that the government shut it down after about a month because it had almost exhausted its budget.

Nationwide, 690,114 vehicles were traded in for about $2.9 billion.

North Carolina ranked 10th in the U.S. in the value of the rebates – the DOT didn't release a state-by-state breakdown in the number of trade-ins – following California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Trucks and SUVs accounted for 84 percent of the vehicles traded in nationwide, led by the Ford Explorer, Ford F150 and Jeep Cherokee. Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Toyota Camry topped the list of vehicles purchased under the program.

The program boosted fuel efficiency by an average of 9.2 miles per gallon for consumers who traded in their old vehicles.


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  • time4real Aug 27, 2009

    i didn't get a dime! not one dime of it! unfair I tell you, UNFAIR!

  • Gatsby Aug 27, 2009

    The rest of the story:
    "NC Taxpayers foot the bill for auto dealer welfare program"

  • 5Rs Aug 27, 2009

    A better headline would be "North Caqrolina Taxpayers shell out $78 Million for Giveaways". Or maybe "Debt increased by $3B due to irresponsible Congress and President".

    For the media to hype this as wonderful is irresponsible journalism.

  • NCTrue Aug 27, 2009

    The govt is for this program, but how much dino fuel is being used to create that new Prius or crush that clunker or haul that clunker away... Far less than all the carbons of a big block truck that gets 6mpg will produce in it's entire lifetime... Reuse or continuous use is green too! I would like to see the real numbers that shows the carbon footprint has been reduced by the program vs. doing nothing at all. And if you argue that this program was intended to help the economy then that is nonsense too as if that were the case the program should have only been for purchasing domestic autos. When is America going to wake up and bring this country back to the 1950's era of all things made here and purchased here?? Keep that old ride and resist the governments ploy to stimulate...

  • skeeter II Aug 27, 2009

    I would like to see the total of the amount of loan generated by people that took advantage of this program. Seems like this would be a "bad" time to increase loans for an individual or for the population as a whole!

    Also, this is hurting the used car market as "many" of the clunkers appear to be in better shape that many of the cars I see still on the road!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 27, 2009

    What a waste of American tax dollars.

    Most of the money went to buy Japanese made cars.

    Anybody notice that very people bought Government Motors (GM) cars.

    I think the American Government made a bad move in Obama's Socialist acquistion of GM by the American Government.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Aug 27, 2009

    Even if you accept the human-caused global warming theories, this program is a nonsense.

    The energy and resources need to make a car typically equate to about 44 metric tonnes of CO2. That's equivalent to about 13,000 gallons of gas. If you buy a new car that does 30mpg to replace your 20mpg car then you'd have to drive nearly 800,000 miles before the CO2 emissions saved make up for the unnecessary production of a brand new car. Given that most people barely keep their cars much beyond 100,000 miles (since they have been brainwashed that way), the program is a sham.

    But since the whole CO2 thing is a red herring, it really doesn't matter. The main thing is that Detroit et al get more money from us either as taxpayers or consumers.

  • beachboater Aug 27, 2009

    "vehicles traded in nationwide, led by the Ford Explorer, Ford F150 and Jeep Cherokee. Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Toyota Camry topped the list of vehicles purchased under the program"

    American cars were scrapped and replaced with Japanese cars. A real inteligent government program to help Americans out in a recession.

  • NCPictures Aug 27, 2009

    "friendlyman - would you rather it go to the sale of cars (which includes payroll for numerous people for actual work) or would you rather they gave it out in the form of benefits to the unemployed which requires absolutely nothing in return?" ---Colinmb


    This will do more to damage the economy LONG TERM then if we did nothing. It was done for short term benefit.

  • tractor427310 Aug 27, 2009

    Why did we bail out GM? Not a single model from G.M. made the top 10 list. Apparently few have interest in their products! At least one American company made the list, without accepting any government hand out! GM should be giving the consumer FREE cars with all the bailout money they received.