Survey: Majority Want More Cash for Clunkers

Share In an online survey conducted for, 55% of recent car buyers and current car shoppers said they would like to see the federal government’s Cash for Clunkers program extended. Of the respondents, 42% said they thought the program was successful, even though only 10% of those surveyed had actually taken advantage of the program.   

Of those who took advantage of Cash for Clunkers, 37% said they were shopping for used cars and changed their mind to buy new due to the government incentive; 30% said they weren’t considering a purchase of any kind, but the program was too good to pass up. Another 24% said they were going to purchase a new car but waited for the program to go into effect.

The survey was conducted online in September with a random sample of 1,056 people who had either bought a new or used car in the past three months or were planning to buy one in the next six months.

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David