Cash For Clunkers: Eligible New Cars

Scott Benjamin

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro meets the U.S. government's criteria for a qualifying replacement car -- as long as you opt for the 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

If you take a look back at my post from Friday, you'll see that somewhere near the end I mentioned that today might be a good day to explore some potential replacement cars and trucks for your so-called clunker. Well, you're not going to believe what I stumbled upon over the weekend -- two extremely helpful lists from that are going to make this a whole lot easier than I thought (for both of us, really).

I thought I was going to be limited to simply telling you that Ford offers 20 qualifying replacement cars and that Nissan has 14, and Honda has nine and so on. Sure, it's a start, but that's not necessarily a lot of help, is it? And that's why I was soooo happy when I found these two lists from

If you'll take just a moment to read the information that goes along with each list, you'll better understand the criteria that each vehicle had to meet. Do you recall the somewhat unexpected 2006 Jeep Liberty "clunker" example I used on Friday? Remember how I said that it would've been ridiculous to trade in a 3-year-old Jeep Liberty for a $4,500 rebate? Well, the smart folks at have taken "current average national trade-in True Market Value price" into account, too.

Again, these are good lists. I really think you'll find them useful if you plan to cash-in on the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) -- better known as the Cash for Clunkers program. And if you're looking for detailed, official program information, you can find everything you're looking for at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) official CARS Web site,

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