Here we go again!!!! Please move as quickly as possible to address this one:
Read the Cash for Clunkers thread to get more excellent ideas and knowledge from Gassavers who responded there. Keep in mind that these funds are just to get you to buy new cars with the attendant insurance required if you have to take out a loan and make payments. As stated in the previous thread by responders, there are many reasons this is unwise, costly, and damaging. Please forward this to as many people that you care about as you can. Politicians seem unable to understand the precarious balance of the economy and the billions of dollars that will be lost in taxes paid, jobs lost, and business forced out or damaged by such legislation.
Thanks for your attention to this situation!!!
Be sure to contact the legislator from your state if you are not in California.
FROM SUMMIT RACING
Dear Fellow Enthusiast,
Last month, we sent you an Urgent Legislative Alert from The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) regarding a proposed ?Cash for Clunkers? bill that would threaten our hobby. Thanks to your overwhelming response, this legislation was dropped from the economic stimulus package. Congratulations for standing up for your rights as enthusiasts!
We have just received a follow-up Legislative Alert from SEMA. New legislation (S. 247 and H.R. 520) has been introduced in Congress to create a national vehicle scrappage program which will give U.S. tax dollars to consumers who turn-in their ?gas guzzlers? to have them crushed. This program would target vehicles with low fuel economy ratings of any model year. That means sports cars, SUVs, and performance-built vehicles could be crushed in exchange for a monetary reward.
The following information is directly from SEMA. If you would like to contact the lawmaker, follow the instructions in the alert.
Thank you for your time,
Your Friends at Summit Racing Equipment
Our effort to prevent Congress from including a nationwide ?Cash for Clunkers? program in the economic stimulus package has been successful ? so far. Thousands of SEMA members and SEMA Action Network (SAN) enthusiasts contacted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in opposition to the plan. The Speaker?s Office informed us that your emails, calls and faxes were received and, thanks to your work, Cash for Clunkers was not included in the economic stimulus package introduced in mid-January in the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, new legislation (S. 247 and H.R. 520) has been introduced in Congress to create a national vehicle scrappage program which will give U.S. tax dollars to consumers who turn-in their ?gas guzzlers? to have them crushed. Lawmakers need to scrap this idea!
Contact Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) Immediately
to Oppose S. 247 and H.R. 520
The so-called ?Accelerated Retirement of Inefficient Vehicles Act? is Cash for Clunkers with a twist. Instead of focusing exclusively on older cars, this program would target vehicles with low fuel economy ratings of any model year. Participants would receive cash vouchers ranging from $2,500 to $4,500 based on the model year and whether the replacement vehicle was a more fuel-efficient new car or used car (MY 2004 or later). Fuel-efficient is defined as getting at least 25 percent better mileage for the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) target for its class. The bill sponsors want to scrap up to one million cars a year for at least four years.
There is no evidence that the program would achieve the goal of boosting new car sales or increasing fuel mileage. Many states have considered scrappage programs in the past as a way to help clean the air or increase mpg, but abandoned the effort because they simply don?t work. The programs are not cost-effective and do not achieve verifiable air quality or fuel economy benefits, but they do have a devastating impact on the many small businesses that market products and services for the scrapped cars.
Don?t Delay! Please contact Senator Diane Feinstein and Rep. Henry Waxman today to urge their opposition to S. 247 and H.R. 520. For those who responded to our first call for action, we need you again, along with everyone else.
Oppose the Use of U.S. Taxpayer Dollars for Accelerated Vehicle Retirement
I am writing to urge lawmakers not to approve an ?accelerated vehicle retirement? program. Even on a voluntary basis, the program will hurt thousands of independent repair shops, auto restorers, customizers and their customers across the country that depend on the used car market. These businesses are already very vulnerable in the weak economy.
An accelerated vehicle retirement program is flawed since it does not target the ?gross polluter,? an improperly maintained vehicle of any make or model year that has poor fuel mileage and dramatically more emissions due to poor maintenance.
An accelerated vehicle retirement program is flawed because it does not factor-in how many miles-a-year the collected vehicles are currently being driven. U.S. taxpayers will be buying rarely-driven second and third vehicles that have minimal impact on overall fuel economy and air pollution.
Accelerated vehicle retirement won?t generate many new car sales. The cash incentive provided will not be enough to enable a person to buy a new or used vehicle.
Accelerated vehicle retirement will compete with nonprofits that rely on vehicle donations to raise funds, such as the Salvation Army, the Purple Heart and other charities.
Accelerated vehicle retirement threatens to disrupt a large and complex industry which already handles scrappage, repair, remanufacturing and recycling issues. This independent industry provides thousands of American jobs and generates millions of dollars in local, state and federal tax revenues.
Accelerated vehicle retirement ignores better policy options. Taxpayer dollars would be better spent as direct tax incentives to purchase a fuel-efficient new or used car, without a government vehicle crushing program. Congress should also provide tax incentives to upgrade, repair and maintain existing cars, trucks and SUVs. There are many commercially available products and technologies that can substantially improve fuel mileage and lower the emissions.
We hope we can count on you to reject ?Accelerated Vehicle Retirement.? Thank you for your consideration on this very important matter.
If you choose to send a note and/or message to Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Waxman please forward a copy of your message to:
just like the stimulus and bailout plans, i'd love to get "free" money, but ultimately it will only hurt the US economy. so it's not free, in fact it's VERY costly.
i imagine getting $4500 for my vehicle and another $2k in stimulus. but, increased taxes cost me $15k in lost income due to fewer sales on the job.
something else to consider...
it seems mr. global warming(or climate change) is whispering his agenda in mr. change's(barack) ear. an expert in the field was quoted as saying that if GW(CC) type legislation passes it will cripple large corps while doing NOTHING to slow climate change!
Yeah, I'll buy $h1tboxes all day for $1k and sell to the crusher for vouchers. Then I'll auction the vouchers on Ebay.
I don't see the problem here, even without my nefarious intent. No one is taking anyone's car by eminent domain.
This is nothing more than an additional rebate on top of the manufacturer's incentives. If you don't want to sell or trade your low economy, high emission car, don't.