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'Cash for Clunkers' changes put brakes on some car deals

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WASHINGTON. - Some last minute changes in the 'Cash for Clunkers' program have put the brakes on some car deals already in the works.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed gas mileage figures on some older vehicles last week, which changed the eligibility for the cash sales incentive on about 100 vehicles.

As a result some vehicles no longer qualify because their combined mileage rating was revised upward, while others that hadn't qualified before got in.

For example, a 1993 Camry wagon V6's original EPA combined rating was 18 miles per gallon and after the revisions its rating is 19 mpg. The same goes for 1992 Saab 900s.

The EPA says the changes were made after the agency double checked its fuel efficiency rating on more than 30,000 1984 and newer vehicles.

The following is a list of some of the rules in the 'Cash for Clunkers' program.

Your trade-in vehicle must

  • have been manufactured less than 25 years before the date you trade it in
  • have a "new" combined city/highway fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon or less
  • be in drivable condition
  • be continuously insured and registered to the same owner for the full year preceding the trade-in
  • The trade-in vehicle must have been manufactured not earlier than 25 years before the date of trade in and, in the case of a category 3 vehicle, must also have been manufactured not later than model year 2001

Heavy duty trucks and vans are applicable but have different rules.

The new vehicle has to meet several requirements as well.

  • It must be a new car either purchased or leased for five years.
  • The car must have a MSRP of $45,000 or less and the car must be rated to get 22 miles per gallon combined. The combined gas mileage is the number in between city and highway on the sticker

You can get $3,500 if your new car gets between 5 and 9 miles per gallon more than your old car, but if you bump that number to ten more than you can get $4,500.

The rebate is not on top of the trade in value because it is the trade in value.

If you use this program your car will not be resold, instead, it will be stripped and crushed.

 

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