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Cash For Clunkers: smart fortwo Gets Maximum Incentive

By • Jul 20th, 2009 • Category: Clean Car Talk Daily Snapshots

Note to readers: Beware of scams already popping up to take advantage of the CARS of “cash for clunkers” program. Never give out personal information on a website, especially your social security number. Your only trusted source should be

Updated 07-21-09. President Barack Obama has signed a law for a scrappage incentive for old cars based on the European model, which draws the attention of car buyers to the smart fortwo. In future, Americans who trade their old car for the two-seater with its exemplary environmental credentials will receive the maximum premium from the state.

Buyers of new cars will receive a maximum scrappage bonus of $4,500 in future (currently the equivalent of around €3,200) when they exchange a gas-guzzling old car for an environmentally friendly new one. Unlike the German system, the Car Allowance Rebate System (Cars) – commonly called “cash for clunkers” plans for a sliding scale with the amount of the bonus depending on the fuel consumption of the new vehicle. smart fortwo buyers will always receive the maximum premium – irrespective of the old car being scrapped. The innovative smart concept with its outstanding fuel efficiency therefore presents a further attractive advantage to customers in the USA.

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According to the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the smart fortwo is America’s most fuel-efficient car without hybrid drive. The US authority confirms independent European studies that had previously established the clever two-seater as the most economical car. In addition, the smart already exceeds US standards for fleet consumption (CAFE = Corporate Average Fuel Economy) that will apply from 2020 and it has been classified as an ultra-low emission vehicle by the California Air Resources Board on account of its extremely low exhaust-emission figures.

The EPA has listed the smart fortwo as the top two-seater class for fuel economy for the 2009 model year. has the smart on its list of New Cars that Already Meet 2016 Fuel Economy Standards.

Thanks to its outstanding features and its fresh design that combines functionality with joie de vivre, the smart fortwo has become a sought-after city car in many countries. smart fortwo models take up an unrivaled amount of road and parking space and yet they bring two people including luggage to their destination extremely comfortably and safely. smart provides lots of unique answers to questions concerning individual and eco-friendly urban mobility.

See the smart fortwo $99 program details.

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4 Responses »

  1. Many cars will be eligible for a cash for clunkers voucher beacuse they get over 18 mpg or don’t run. An alternative for those cars is car donation. By donating a car to charity, the donor gets a tax deduction and the charity gets some money when they recycle the car.

  2. karenc: Not quite sure that I understand your point. Old cars (clunkers) are eligible for this programs not because “they get over 18 mpg or don’t run,” as you stated. In fact the traded in car must be in operating condition to be eligible. There are other requirements that consumers have to meet, as I’ve discussed in the article “Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) or Cash For Clunkers Program Kicking Into Gear” and I’ve also recognized that the charity industry may be one of the losers in this “cash for clunkers” deal. I agree charity is always a very good option, but the $3,500-$4,500 cash incentive will beat out the tax incentives for many people.

  3. It’s already not very hot. Reports of scams online and at dealerships as the plan nears. Read:

  4. Judy T.: Thanks for the link and your comment is right on. I’m not fan of government rolling out programs too quickly to try solving certain problems, which this seems to be the case. Lawmakers need to think about protecting the consumers with every program they put out. My initial reaction about this CARS was one of uncertainty as there seem to be too many open ends, especially relating to having to visit dealers. We all know sales tactics and car dealers very well. So buyers beware. I’ve put a special note on both articles.