So, most of the rest of my family has taken our 2004 Ford Freestar minivan to the beach for the week. (There are several reasons why I’m not traveling with them.) If the van is good enough to reliably take them there and around and back, do I really think it’s a “clunker” deserving of this fate? From this morning’s Washington Post:
“We poured it into that Dodge and it killed it in eight seconds,” said Brooks, pointing to another vehicle as he put down the half-gallon jug of liquid called “Clunker Bomb.” The chemical is sodium silicate. [It renders the vehicle inoperable, thus preventing fraudulent resale (or even continued use).] In red lettering on the bottle, it reads, “Engine Grenade,” and there’s a skull and crossbones over the profile of a car.
I don’t think I can do it… not even if the dealer says the trade-in value is worth (even substantially) less than the $4500 I would get from the Cash for Clunkers program. (I mean, look at all the time and money (and love) I’ve poured into the (already) old beagle I adopted almost two years ago.) It just seems very wasteful (and somehow “heartless”, even with a car) to prematurely end a “life” that still could be valuable to someone–doesn’t it?
It’ll be another week before I’ve got the van back with me and can discuss the possibilities with the local auto dealers. I do still really want to trade the van in for a small, very fuel-efficient car. I guess in the meantime I could hope the Clunkers program runs out of money again, or that the van turns out to be really unreliable (i.e., a true “clunker”) for my family this week… No, I’m just kidding about both.