A Subaru dealership in Golden, Colorado has been doing brisk business with the Cash for Clunkers program, taking nearly 50 clunkers as trade-ins since they began participating. But the one that surprised them the most is when a man drove a 1985 Maserati BiTurbo onto their lot and turned it in as a clunker.
Go Subaru in Golden Colorado has seen some clunkers come in that are in relatively great condition, including big SUVs, older luxury cars, etc. but most are obvious clunkers. A salesperson on the lot says he’s even had cars brought in that barely ran well enough to get into the parking lot. One car even had it’s door held shut with rope because it wouldn’t close any more.
Then there was this one car that drove up – the kind of car that turns heads and gets the adrenyline flowing – a Maserati BiTurbo. Everyone on the lot was like “Wow, what a cool car!” But the owner was having problems with it. Even though the car was in mint condition inside and out and had a little over 18,000 miles on the odometer, he says he could only drive it short distances before it was breaking down. Apparently, it went more miles on the back of a tow-truck than it did under it’s own power.
The owner had spent many months trying to sell it but given it’s service records, nobody wanted it, so he brought it in as a clunker and got rid of it for $3,500.
The cash for clunkers program hopes to eliminate up to 800,000 old gas guzzling vehicles from America’s roadways. The cars are traded in on newer, more fuel efficient vehicles and the old ones have the engines destroyed and the remains crushed for recycling.