Popular 'Clunkers' Program Hurts Some Charities

CHICAGO -- A Dallas charity says its experience suggests there may be a downside to the hugely popular "cash for clunkers" program.

The charity which helps at-risk teenagers and their families estimates it has lost $75,000 in potential vehicle donations.

Texans Can vice president Cheryl Rios says some donors called saying they had changed their minds.

They said they'd gone ahead and traded the vehicle in under the cash-for-clunkers program.

Other charities say they're getting fewer vehicles but many say it's too soon to draw conclusions.

Some donation program operators say the program's popularity has raised awareness about car donation and proven beneficial.

The CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas says his group got more cars in July.

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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Aug 10, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    This program could have been so much better as many of the vehicles still had life left in them. It almost made me cry that they had to seize the engines. There are so many people who are driving older cars that might need work who can not afford a car payment. A program should have been setup to allow for needy people to trade in there vehicles for the "clunkers" as many did not have anything wrong with them other then not being fuel efficient but they ran better then some of the cars that other people may be driving. I saw a guy who was like 15 years and it was time to get something new ... well there are plenty of people who would have been happy to have had that 15 year old vehicle.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Aug 9, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    Who said anything about Obama? Anyway, the economy is in a recession (engineered by the Republicans, no less) so of course donations are going to be reduced as well, especially when the government is offering up to $4500 to trade up to something more fuel economical. Granted, the government should donate the cars to charity, especially ones which help find missing children, rather than destroying the cars, but that doesn't change the fact that using the car to get a new car is preferable to simply donating it and getting nothing. Well, peace of mind, but you get that from buying a new car and not having to worry about it breaking down every couple months. I may as well have been making new-car payments for the work I was having done on my old car, and now I have a 2009 Nissan with air conditioning. Never had working air conditioning before. And better gas mileage. Between the worse mileage and repair bills, arranging and paying for rides, we won't even be paying all that much more.
  • by Tim Location: Wilmar on Aug 9, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    This is am Obama program, you people need to be careful. You can't say anything bad about Obama or the Kool Aid constituency will come and get you.

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