Pry My Clunker From 'My Cold, Dead Fingertips'

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2009 3:40 PM CDT
Please, sell this clunker, Holahan writes.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Some cars’ gas mileage is good enough to make them ineligible for the cash-for-clunkers program—but that’s not the only reason David Holahan doesn’t want to turn in his old rides. “I’m all for stimulating the economy, cleaning air, and improving fuel economy,” he writes in the Christian Science Monitor. “But there are better ways to achieve all that than throwing away perfectly serviceable vehicles as though they were disposable razors.”

Holahan loves his beaters for their “myriad joys”: Sure, one gets 35 mpg, but he can also “park the wagon under a bird’s nest.” They’re also “a daily adventure. Will the radio work today?” Past that, he has a sort-of mafia don attitude toward their eventual demise. “C'est la vie, I say. Neither of my clunkers owes me a penny.” Bottom line: “To stimulate the economy and help the cause of conservation, we should take aim at the clunkers of tomorrow today.” Also, “leave my buggies alone.”