A cash-for-clunkers program was established in an effort to promote the purchase of newer cars with better fuel efficiency and more safety features to prevent personal injury in car accidents.
Unfortunately, there are some issues with the program that can limit the number of people who can actually use the program. There is a desire by the government to move the car industry to cars that are more fuel efficient and cause fewer personal injuries in car accidents.
Our car accident attorneys know that the wish to put safer, more fuel efficient cars on the road exists. Electric cars and hybrid cars are the first step, but making them affordable to consumers would be the next logical step.
The cash-for-clunkers program helps get new cars on the road to prevent car accident injuries, but some of the details of the program do not work well with low income families.
The program is not designed for households that earn $65,000 a year or less. Those people own most of the cars more than 10 years old. The cash-for-clunkers program would only apply to new car purchases, so the benefit would more likely go to people who are already able to invest in new vehicles.
The problem with offering the program to the rich is that the auto industry’s survival depends on getting people with incomes less than $100,000 back into showrooms.
Why have this program if the minority (not the majority) will benefit from it? People who do not have the ability to buy a brand new car will be forced to continue driving the same car that can lead to personal injury in car accidents.
Our car accident lawyers believe that a program like the cash-for-clunkers program is good for the auto industry because the similar program in Europe increased car sales by 40%. However, the program should be offered the right way. Pushing away those who cannot afford new cars is counter productive if the goal is to put safer, more fuel efficient cars that prevent personal injury and car accidents.
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