Ford wants to help you recycle your clunker

And, no, they don’t mean that old quip about Ford.  Instead they mean to help you navigate the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) popularly known as Cash For Clunkers.

As noted before the Cash for Clunkers program is not exactly simple especially in determining whether your vehicle is eligable.  The basic requirement is the car must be less than 25 years old, be owned by you for more than a year, have less than 18 miles/gallon efficiency, and to be drivable.  But this still leaves open a lot of room for questions for which Ford is offering answers on their “Let Ford Recycle Your Ride” website.

The website has a form for the characteristics of your car.  Click the button and you’re told instantly whether your car is eligible.  In my case even though my car is ineligible (it gets 28 miles/gallon) Ford is offering extra bonus trade-in value.

The Cash for Clunkers program incentivizes trade-in for a more fuel efficient car.  Presumably the more efficient car is also more green.  Their list of eligible cars you can buy in exchange includes several hybrids including the Fusion Hybrid, Escape Hybrid, Milan Hybrid, and Mariner Hybrid.

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About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

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