Light-vehicle sales in December, set for release tomorrow, may have run at a 13.4 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, the average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, up from the 12.5 million pace a year earlier. While the rate may trail the 13.6 million seasonally adjusted pace in November, typically a slow sales month, the number of units sold increased in December, according to the average of five estimates.They have failed to report the fact that many low income consumers are now without transportation. Cash for Clunkers is still alive and well in California as Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement (VAVR). The misconceived program makes vehicles unattainable for young and low income people. VAVR also pushes middle income people into debt for new cars with the cost of adherence to environmental regulations combined with large cash incentives.
The State’s recently enhanced Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) was developed by the ARB in consultation with BAR and provides $1,000 per vehicle and $1,500 for low-income consumers for unwanted vehicles that have either FAILED or PASSED their last Smog Check Test. (CA.gov Car Scrappage webpage)Maybe I need a second pair of eyes on that sentence; does it read $2500 for a clunker? (UPDATE) Thank you for helping resolve this conundrum, it is $1000 or $1500 per this application.
...monetary or other incentives to vehicle owners to voluntarily retire their older, more polluting vehicle. (CA.gov VAVR webpage)This is a program that trickles down to every used car consumer in America because the "retired" vehicles are dismantled. (A list of "auto dismantlers" can be found on this FAQ sheet.) Here is a quick list of the immediately foreseeable negative consequences of this policy:
- Hinders employment for those who cannot find cheap reliable transportation.
- Spawns a new breed of exploitative scams against the old and low income.
- Wastes scarce tax money.
- Calls for higher taxes to pay for "firemen, police and teachers" when the real problem is wasted money.
- Falsifies economic indicators as the choices to purchase used cars are reduced.
- More union money stolen from consumers and "redistributed" into politician's back pockets.
- Class warfare exacerbated as poor and old are left even more dependent.
- More pollution as smog compliant vehicles are "dismantled" leaving low income people with bad alternatives.
- Increased pollution as a few more coal powered, toxic-battery powered electric vehicles are pushed into service.
- Increased human misery as more people are forced into illegal, immoral and undignified behavior.
- Price gouging for new and slightly used cars due to lack of alternatives
- That's enough for now...but more in-depth analysis is available from Beers with Demo.