here’s another cool interactive map, via the Detroit News:


click for ginormous graphic

cash clunker states

Category: Bailouts, Economy

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9 Responses to “State-by-state numbers for ‘cash for clunkers’ program”

  1. billykaos says:

    speaking of Detroit…love to hear BR’s macro thoughts on this–is it a arbinger or a one-off??
    Granted the Week is only 1 step up from USA Today but even knowing the narrative beforehand, the stats are amazing!! And this was WITH 40+ years of Warnings and Planning from the Best and the Brightest…

  2. jonpublic says:

    If you take out Michigan, I wonder what the over all % is of cars that were domestic vs foreign.

    In other news, Ford seems to be doing well. It won the Motor Trend car of the year and just got some top safety picks over Toyota and BMW. Stock price is 1.5 at the start of the year vs 9 now despite the fact they’ve issued new shares twice.

  3. unc nunkie says:

    No matter what the folks bought, it seems they all agreed on what to cash in. I didn’t pull up every state, but every state I did look at had a Ford Explorer as the most common vehicle turned in.

  4. Space_Cowboy_NW says:

    Amazing that Ford sold as much as they did given the frequency of ‘Exploders’ (2 & 4wd) that were traded in, proving (once again) just how short a memory the American public (car buying in this instance) has.

    The politicos figured that concept out long ago…….”Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. ” -H L Mencken

    Usual Caveat: Your mileage may vary…..

  5. KellyD3 says:

    What constitutes an American car here? For example, the Toyota Corolla (figured prominently in the map) is manufactured in the USA, while the Chevy Aveo is a relabeled Daewoo from Korea. Many of the “foreign” cars are made here – to the point where the joke at Southeast Toyota (where I worked from 97-01) was that the the car with the most domestic (i.e., US) content was the Honda Accord (at least at the time).

    An entry from Wikipedia on NUMMI (GM/Toyota joint venture):
    In the past, it produced the Chevrolet Nova (1984-1988); the Geo Prizm (1989-1997), the Chevrolet Prizm (1998-2002) and the Hilux (1991-1995, predecessor of the Tacoma), as well as the Toyota Voltz, the Japanese right-hand drive version of the Pontiac Vibe. Both are based on the Toyota Matrix, which is manufactured in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada along with the Toyota Corolla.

  6. ashpelham2 says:

    It looked like every state I clicked on, people were trading either the Ford Exploder, or the Ford F150, reflecting a change in what people want to drive. Those were reasonably reliable vehicles, that depreciate very, very quickly, and were the most advantageous toward the $4500 trade in. In other words, why would I trade in my Acura TL, with 177k miles and right at the gas mileage test for “clunker-itis”, when it’s still probably worth $4500, maybe more, to the right sucker?

    Man, I’d hate to still be holding on to an early 00′s Explorer or F-150. It might be paid for, but it sure has no trade in or market value.

  7. wunsacon says:

    Why break these out by state? I’d like to see it broken out by metropolitan area.

    The state of NJ is on average “closer” (in a few ways) to Wall Street, NYC, and Philly than the rest of NY state or PA state.

  8. jonpublic says:

    @ashpelham2, the price of those older trucks have gone up because so many were removed from the road. People still need trucks to haul stuff around and there isn’t an obscene number of them around anymore.

  9. jonpublic says:


    Ford has a good safety reputation now, this last safety release they had a ton of models vs Toyota and BMW with zero. If you remember the problem with the Explorers came from the tires, Firestone tried to save a few cents per tire by making the metal in the tire too small.