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clunker

1. n. an old car. He drives an old clunker and doesn’t have any insurance.
2. n. someone or something worthless; a clinker. We have to get the clunkers off the payroll.
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Cash for Clunkers lasted 55 days and ended with confusion that was a preview of things to come.
Cash for clunkers is the programme adopted by the US government to revive its auto industry by offering incentives to customers to phase out their old vehicles and buy new ones.
pl=505&contentid=505) completely recyclable , so proponents of the Clunkers program naturally assumed that older automobiles would be salvaged in some way and the remaining parts would be auctioned off for a small price.
Mian and Sufi compared total car sales in areas with large numbers of clunkers to sales in areas with few clunkers in the year following the start of the program.
The researchers also attempt to tease out evidence of any positive economic impacts on cities with high numbers of clunkers, or with high numbers of employees working in the auto industry.
Reflecting on the boost that the Clunkers program gave auto dealerships, appliance retailers hope for similar results with the program that debuts Thursday.
But the new lighting installation has a shorter payback than the clunker replacement, without any cost to taxpayers and with the opportunity to relight and provide a significant improvement in worker comfort and performance.
Sherefkin, "If Output Is a Blip, Clunkers Could Hurt Suppliers," Automotive News, August 10, 2009, http://www.
According to Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, the rebate program required that car dealers pass along the scrap value of the clunkers to the customers who turned them in.
Farwest Corrosion Control announced its Cash for Clunkers promotion for aging cathodic protection rectifiers.
Launched just when Cash for Clunkers was wrapping up, the campaign became an easy new alternative.
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But analysts cautioned that the nation s weakened economy and high unemployment rate will continue to drag on auto sales and that the clunkers program may have simply encouraged people already planning to buy a new vehicles buy them a month or two earlier.
So OK, the federal government has this wildly successful Cash For Clunkers program that is, apparently, bringing in the car buyers in droves.
While carbon credits are projected to sell in the US for about 28 dollars per ton, even the best-case calculation of the cost of the clunkers rebate is 237 dollars per ton, according to UC Davis transportation economist Christopher Knittel.