I doubted the "cash for clunkers" as not much more than a quick fix gimmic for "Government Motors"
Clear some inventory, maybe juice production some, help the UAW
For used car dealers (as if the breed deserves much sympathy) get left out - they are non-union.
Used-Car Dealers Feel 'Clunkers' Pinch - WSJ.com:
"Michael Darrow, an independent used-car dealer, is still feeling pain from 'Cash for Clunkers.'
During the summer, he was shut out of the popular initiative, which allowed only new-car franchises to participate. Now, the inventory he normally buys at auction is sharply limited, a direct result of Clunkers sending close to 700,000 gas guzzlers to the junkyard. That's driven wholesale prices to new highs at a time when cost-conscious consumers, who sometimes rely on dated information from guide books, aren't paying more."