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Old 02-16-2013, 09:04 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Weren't vehicles turned in in the "Cash for Clunkers" program supposed to be destroyed?

I'm asking because I took advantage of this program the first week it was up. My car at the time needed a new transmission for instance, and several thousand more dollars worth of work. But it still qualified for the program. Cosmetically it was in pretty good shape, it was just an expensive POS once you got under the hood.

Fast forward, and it's parked a mile down the road from my house. I know it's my old car, not only because of the same license plate, but also because of a few small dents in the body - one of which I put there.

I'm wondering if the dealer committed a bit of fraud here, because I definitely signed CFC specific paperwork.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:18 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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If I recall, yes that was the purpose to get them off he road.

Not sure who you would call to report him.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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Weren't vehicles turned in in the "Cash for Clunkers" program supposed to be destroyed?

I'm asking because I took advantage of this program the first week it was up. My car at the time needed a new transmission for instance, and several thousand more dollars worth of work. But it still qualified for the program. Cosmetically it was in pretty good shape, it was just an expensive POS once you got under the hood.

Fast forward, and it's parked a mile down the road from my house. I know it's my old car, not only because of the same license plate, but also because of a few small dents in the body - one of which I put there.

I'm wondering if the dealer committed a bit of fraud here, because I definitely signed CFC specific paperwork.
There have been many Cash for Clunker cars reported back on the road.It wasn't just one dealer, it was happening everywhere. I don't think you will get very far reporting it, because no one cares. It was just another obama ruse at taxpayers expense...
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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its my understanding that only the drive trains were supposed to be destroyed. the rest of the car was fair game, and it is easy to get the needed engines and transmissions to rebuild those cars.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:41 PM
 
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I would call the cops and report that someone has stolen your car. Your car was ONLY turned in to be destroyed and since it wasn't the agreement is legally void and you still have rights to the car.It would be interesting to see what the cops say...You didnt agree for anyone else to ever drive that car did you? Someone has committed fraud it appears to me.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:07 PM
 
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I would call the cops and report that someone has stolen your car. Your car was ONLY turned in to be destroyed and since it wasn't the agreement is legally void and you still have rights to the car.It would be interesting to see what the cops say...You didnt agree for anyone else to ever drive that car did you? Someone has committed fraud it appears to me.
unless he still retained title to the car, which he likely didnt, he cant report the car as stolen, only the legal owner of the car can do so.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:11 PM
 
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The engines were supposed to have something put in them, like sand and run until the motor locked up.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:42 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Your car was ONLY turned in to be destroyed and since it wasn't the agreement is legally void and you still have rights to the car.It would be interesting to see what the cops say...You didnt agree for anyone else to ever drive that car did you? Someone has committed fraud it appears to me.
That is why I'm concerned about this. Am I legally on the hook for things with this car? I didn't actually sell it AFAIK.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:01 PM
 
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If you can find the paper work or anything that was written down about the cash for clunkers program it will help . I think that you were tricked if the car is still in operation. A friend turned in an expensive 4 wheel drive full size bronco. It was loaded down with all options and ran well. It did have a couple of thousand in body damage that was cosmetic. I found it hard to believe that they were going to really crush it as he said..Evidently they didnt really crush the cars.The discounts you were suppose to get by turning in a car was a scam anyway. Sure they would knock off several thousand from the sticker of a new one but we all know sticker price is sucker price anyway..I cry fowl. I have an old car that Im fixing up. I told the wife that if I died that she was to make sure the car got crushed. I didnt want any car collector to buy it for pennys on the dollar for what I have in it. She is Not to believe anyone who promised they would. She is to watch it with her own eyes being crushed..My car and its my decision.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:29 PM
 
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I have an old car that Im fixing up. I told the wife that if I died that she was to make sure the car got crushed. I didnt want any car collector to buy it for pennys on the dollar for what I have in it. She is Not to believe anyone who promised they would. She is to watch it with her own eyes being crushed..My car and its my decision.
What is the point in doing this, besides throwing away any money your wife could use, and keeping a collector from restoring a car?
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