Time on this is very short and I haven't seen this posted on Gassavers and it's very, very, important.
Please read to the bottom. I have a car club that keeps me up to date, but this was sent by Summit Racing. The talking points are most important. Please save the specialty car industry from destruction. Gassavers would have no place to get their resto parts if people crush the cars for a tiny cash payment. After market is a multibillion dollar industry -- taxed, employs many, is national and international, pays into social security, medicare, unemployment, etc. Their plan is very ill-advised, in my opinion.
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From: Summit Racing <News@SummitRacing.com>
Subject: Legislative Alert from Summit Racing
Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 9:50 AM
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Dear Fellow Enthusiast,
As a SEMA Member Company, we have received an Urgent Legislative Action Alert from the association. You may be interested in this legislative alert and the possible impact it will have on your hobby.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is a non-profit trade association composed of more than 6,800 member companies involved in all aspects of the automotive industry, from manufacturers to car clubs and race teams.
The SEMA Action Network (SAN) protects your hobby from unfair or unnecessary legislation on national and local levels. Through distribution of information and the collective voice of automotive enthusiasts and businesses, the SEMA Action Network has successfully impacted legislation concerning scrappage laws, equipment standards, registration classifications, emissions regulations, and more.
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
Washington lawmakers are drafting a large economic stimulus package to help create jobs and rebuild infrastructure. They want to include a nationwide scrappage program which would give U.S. tax dollars to consumers who turn-in older cars to have them crushed, as a misguided attempt to spur new car sales. The lawmakers need to scrap this idea.
The stimulus package is being drafted right now. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants to introduce the bill on January 6 and have it approved by Congress by January 20, so that President Obama can sign it into law after he is inaugurated.
Contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi IMMEDIATELY To Oppose Cash for Clunkers!
Click here to send an electronic message: http://speaker.house.gov/contact/
Feel free to use any of the statements below as a starting point for your message to Speaker Pelosi.
I am [calling/writing] to urge lawmakers not to include a ?Cash for Clunkers? provision in the economic stimulus bill. Owners who turn in vehicles for crushing would receive a "minimal" payment to purchase a new car. This is a misguided attempt to spur car sales and claim that the country?s air quality or fleet fuel mileage is being improved.
I work for [company name] located in [city and state]. My company is part of the specialty automotive industry, an industry which enables consumers to enhance their vehicle?s appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and safety. ?Cash for Clunkers? programs deny our small businesses the availability of older cars necessary to develop and market their products and services. The programs will hurt my company and our customers.
?Cash for Clunkers? programs threaten enthusiasts nationwide with the loss of valuable parts and parts-cars for repair, restoration, and customization projects. The programs also risk destroying classic, historic and special-interest vehicles, our American heritage.
Cars turned in for scrappage often barely run, or are rarely-driven second or third vehicles that have a minimal impact on overall fuel economy or emissions.
?Cash for Clunkers? programs will reduce the availability of affordable transportation and repair parts used by low-income drivers. It will also compete with the Salvation Army, the Purple Heart and other charities that rely on vehicle donations to raise money.
?Cash for Clunkers? ignores better policy options. If Congress wants to act, support for repair and upgrade is a better choice and a win-win for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and repair shops. Significant emissions and fuel economy improvements can be achieved in older vehicles through relatively simple and inexpensive means: repaired/replaced exhaust systems, tune-ups, etc.
We hope we can count on you to reject ?Cash for Clunkers.? Thank you for your consideration on this very important matter.
If you choose to send a message to Speaker Pelosi, please send a copy of your message to SEMA also: