Had I purchased an American chunk of auto crud I could also be turning my clunker in for a potential $4,500 payout that I could plop down for another American chunk of auto crud. You see, neither my 2000 Honda Accord nor my 1998 Honda Civic qualifies for the Cash for Clunkers program. Stupid me. What was I thinking?
No, ten years ago, I simply did my homework, read Consumer Reports, evaluated resale values and maintenance costs, played two dealers against each other and drove off the lot in a 2000 Honda Accord. Nearly 160,000 miles later, I’m still driving the stylish vehicle that was made in Marysville, Ohio. A geographical location, by the way, that is not Canada or Mexico.
The money I’ve saved in repair costs brings a smile to my financial face. However, I still feel I’m missing something with this Cash for Clunkers deal. If Obama is going to use my federal taxes to fund another stimulus program, I’d like a li’l somethin’/somethin’ out of it.
Years ago when I rolled off the lot driving a car that had the highest resale value, was voted the best sedan purchase, bested all competition in buyer satisfaction and safety, I should have known it was too good to be true. I should have know that if I’d purchased an American chunk of auto crud, I could have poured money into that purchase during the ensuing ten years and then qualified for a $4,500 rebate that I’m paying for anyway.
Stupid me. What was I thinking?
Side note: It’s interesting to see that four of the five cars being purchased with this CforC program are foreign cars. What are they thinking?