Used Cars: A Cash for Clunkers Alternative
What to do if your clunker doesn't qualify for a voucher
Now that Cash for Clunkers legislation has been passed by Congress and awaits the President's signature, many are discovering they don't have a vehicle that qualifies. Take, for instance, this 1986 Chevrolet Cavalier Wagon. It sure looks and smells like a clunker, but at a stellar 25 mpg combined it wouldn't qualify for a voucher. A new bumper and some fresh quarts of oil maybe, but not a Cash for Clunkers voucher. Anyone in a situation like this that was counting on a voucher to help them afford a new vehicle might want to consider going the used car route. For an explanation of Cash for Clunkers, see our Cash for Clunkers Buying Guide.