Where the Clunkers Go

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

You've heard of the Cash for Clunkers program, and probably know that by trading in an old gas guzzler, you can receive cash towards a new, fuel efficient vehicle, but you may be wondering what happens to the clunkers.

Once the dealership disables the engine, the vehicles are taken to a recycling company where the battery, gas tank and tires are removed before crushing the vehicle.

The cars are then shredded, and the material can be used to make new cars.

"It will stimulate the economy both for the steel mills needing steel, and for people like us who recycle to keep the environment clean. It'll generate better sales, we hope, for the scrap material," Delbert Nichols, manager of RJ Recycling in Parkersburg, said.

Nichols says the majority of recycling companies aren't allowed to resell parts from clunkers, as a way to keep the gas guzzlers off the roads.


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  • by joe Location: p-burg on Aug 11, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    If you work 5 days a week driving an old truck you spend $300-$600 in gas a month. $50-$75 liability ins plus the constant replacing of little parts that add up. New car:$100-125 gas, $100-125 full coverage ins. $150-300 payment...parts and service under warranty and comfort of new car..lil gas n lotta go. It can really help depending on your situation. No Im not a dealer and no i do not have a new car. my situation called for selling my new truck and buying a decent 2002 used car...saved me at least $600 a month...made it to work with ease all winter, hills and highway.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    Its just another way to got you to spend money you haven't got..Will the clunkers be crushed or sectertly sold for parts??We wil never know but it will come out one of these days..Its time to wake up America..
  • by Frank Location: MOV on Aug 11, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    I'll wait until the country is flooded with repossession vehicles and get an even better deal. You know, kind of like the housing crisis, when people got a loan and knowingly couldn't pay for it, but because they COULD, they DID. Right now, I know I can't afford a new vehicle payment...I'll keep my old beat up truck...The one that I own outright.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    I would think that some of the cars,folks would like to buy as fixer upers. Just because I don't want it anymore doesn't mean that it can still run.
  • by April Location: Parkersburg on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    I see advertisements showing what cars are eligable for the "cash for clunkers" program, but what about the people who are currently driving these clunkers? Are they eligable for the outlandish loan that comes with the "new" car? Some people are driving these "clunkers" because that is all they can afford and these need those PARTS that are now beging destroyed. What about the classics?
  • by rbruble100 Location: Bartlett on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:09 AM
    This is the result of Big Gov. in the auto business. Maybe I like driving my truck and don't mind putting the gas in it.
  • by jimwhenry Location: california on Aug 11, 2009 at 02:13 AM
    The program requires the scrapping of your eligible trade-in vehicle, and that the dealer disclose to you an estimate of the scrap value of your trade-in. The scrap value, however minimal, will be in addition to the rebate, and not in place of the rebate. Henry Blogger www.cashforclunkersfacts.info http://www.cashforclunkersfacts.info
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