Category Archives: laws

California bill may exempt pre-1981 cars from smog testing

Car nuts in states which are not California may envy our perpetual sunshine and plentiful kyuusha stocks, but when it comes to our emissions laws they just point and laugh. Most states have a rolling cutoff for cars of a … Continue reading


NHTSA List of Every Cash for Clunkers Car

The NHTSA has released a list of all 690,114 cars traded in in the Cash for Clunkers program. Keep in mind that the list is unverified and based on dealer reports. Most of the cars we know and love have … Continue reading


Toyota Says Crush Your Cruiser for Cash

This is an actual commercial from Toyota in which they encourage you to crush your classic Land Cruiser in exchange for a Cash for Clunkers voucher. Obviously a two-door FJ60 is a nonexistent beast, so was Toyota USA just creating … Continue reading


Cash for Clunkers: Fail or Win?

So last week was the first for the dreaded Cash for Clunkers program and it’s been either wildly successful or a dismally mismanaged failure depending on how you look at it. First, the government thought it might run out of … Continue reading


It's Official: Cash for Clunkers is Law

The Cash for Clunkers law we’ve all been dreading passed both houses of Congress and was signed by the President yesterday. Although funding was reduced to $1 billion from its original $4 billion, and is limited to a four-month window, … Continue reading


Cash for Clunkers Bill Passes Senate

Well that was quick. The national Cash for Clunkers bill just passed Senate largely in tact, except senators chose to cut the funding from 4 billion dollars to one billion. Now it moves back to the House for review and … Continue reading


Cash for Clunkers Not as Bad as We Thought

Well, the House of Representatives approved the Cash for Clunkers bill last night. That means drivers trading an older car for a more fuel efficient one can get up to a $4500 toward their new car from the government. But … Continue reading


Oh Crap, Japan Adopts Cash for Clunkers

Well it was bound to happen. The Cash for Clunker program has hit the motherload, in the motherland of our favorite cars. Japan is now offering citizens ¥250,000 (about $2500) towards the purchase of a new car if they trade … Continue reading


Uh Oh: National Cash for Clunkers Bill Coming

As we predicted over a year ago, the Cash for Clunkers program offered by states such as California and Texas is going national.


CA Seeks to Smog Check 15 Year Old Cars, Again

Last August California assemblyman Dave Jones put forth a bill that sought to apply the state’s strict emissions inspections to cars 15 years or older. The bill was defeated, but now Jones is at it again. This time funds from … Continue reading