Going to be honest here, kind of getting sick of peoples' attitudes about cash for clunkers. YES working cars were destroyed for good, I understand that and it sucks. However, cash for clunkers was really designed to help stimulate new car sales so that the Big 3 (Chrysler, Ford, and GM) wouldn't go bankrupt. Keep in mind the economic carnage that would have followed all the way down the supply chain if they had. In combination with the bailouts given (which the government has now actually made money on from repayments with interest) the Big 3 have been saved and are now competitive again.