with Paul Gover
I AM an automotive dismantler with more than 10 years’ experience.
Julia Gillard’s ‘‘cash for clunkers’’ scheme concerns me in relation to the potential damage to my industry and other associated trades.
Trade-in cars will go straight to the scrapyard, which takes the auto dismantler straight out of the equation costing us potential income. Furthermore the scrap yards, who I might add have already destroyed our industry selling cheap illegal parts, will be rubbing their hands together on this if Labor gets in.
Second, the market we trade in for older cars also becomes diminished, again costing auto dismantlers, mechanics, auto electrical repairers, panel shops and many smaller car yards and wholesalers their incomes. It would be interesting to see Labor Party statistics on how many jobs this scheme will cost.
Third, if you have a pre-1995 model car and you trade it in for, let’s say $5000 plus the $2000 from the government, that leaves $8000 to come from somewhere.
Most people driving older cars do so because that’s all they can afford, so the money for the new car is likely to be financed. This however creates another problem as our country’s national debt continues to rise, inflation then rises and this, in turn, puts preasure on interest rates — and this helps nobody.
Michael Kirkwood, email
IT HAS been suggested eliminating older vehicles will reduce our carbon dioxide production, thus making the insinuation that older cars are linked to increased petrol consumption. A glance back through time challenges such as assumption. About a century ago the Model T Ford had fuel consumption of 9.42 litres/ 100km, and 20 years later a Citroen used 9.45 litres/100km. I have driven a 1950 Holden at 8.89 litres/100km and a 1998 Holden Calais returned identical fuel consumption. Though both Holdens covered the same circuit (400km) at the same speed, the small and crude carburettor of the 1950 model was replaced in the 1998 model by a computer-controlled electronic fuel injection system, plus cruise control etc. The fuel consumption for both cars was identical. Therefore the same quantity of CO was produced on both occasions. Astonishingly, after nearly 100 years of development, there is little difference in the results of all of the above four tests. And small cars appear to be much the same. So old bangers are definitely not petrol guzzlers.
John Tucker, email