Some old cars got bumped out of the new-car discount program when the government changed the eligibility for about 100 older vehicles last week. Other cars are now on the list.
The Detroit Free Press says: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said ... a review of data on 30,000 models from the past 25 years in preparation for the clunkers program changed the eligibility of about 100 vehicles. Of those, roughly half had their mileage increased above 18 m.p.g., making them ineligible, while the other half were found less efficient and could now qualify."
"The government relies on the data from the http://www.fueleconomy.gov/ Web site to determine whether an older model qualifies for a $3,500 or $4,500 voucher. The problem was first reported by users at Edmunds.com and other Internet sites who reported the fuel economy figures on their clunkers changing without warning, knocking them out of the program."
Says Edmunds: "A few examples brought to Edmunds.com's attention by shoppers through its forums are a 1993 Camry station wagon with a V6 engine, a 1988 Toyota 4Runner and a 1992 Saab 900S. Initially each had a combined mileage rating of 18 mpg so they qualified as clunkers, but their "refreshed" rating came in at 19 mpg, so they ended up not qualifying."
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- Doug Miller