What it boils down to is as long we allow it, the "under $1000" car market will continue to flourish. This can be stopped requiring all cars to either conform to modern pollution AND mileage standards or be scrapped before any new transaction can happen. This will cause a HUGE jump in the cost of used cars and really put a lot of people in a bad situation, right?
Well, maybe that is where we need to go. The cost to drive in the U.S. is one of the lowest in the industrialize World and lately I am beginning to think that is not a good thing. Is it because I am getting tired of getting stuck behind cars that put out more smoke than the old Marlboro Commercials? We do have laws that are supposed to prevent junkers from being licensed but they don't always work. Either the inspection time frames are inadequate or the "variances" that allow POS's to continue on is too lax. In WA, we have this thing that if the repair is too expensive, they don't have to do it? WHAT???
How does that logic make sense? But that is only part of it. Because here if an oil change won't fix the issue, then don't worry about it and you have the blessing of the State!!
Am I crazy? Ok, well maybe the "oil change" statement is stretching it a bit but from the link above
If your vehicle fails its emissions inspection, you will be required to have the vehicle repaired to bring it into compliance. However, there's a limit to how much money you have to spend on this. If you've spent more than $150 on repairs and you car still fails a retest, you might be eligible for a repair waiver.
$150!! Like what??? ok, i amend my statement because for some cars, that is only HALF an oil change!!
Remember "cash for clunkers?" ok, its intent was good but the execution left a bit too much on the table. Maybe we need more of this. Obama's Health Care plan made it thru the very deep sea of red tape to become a reality because of the enormity of the need. Its my opinion that a revised and better controlled Cash for Clunkers Program based on income has almost the same level of need in this country
**Edit** A response from a Tacoma EV Association member who actually does those smog inspections says the biggest problem with the entire program is that the $150 "ceiling" has not been raised once in the 25+ year history of the law. He remembers back then, most repairs cost that little (my oh my how cheap it used to be!) but nowadays nearly everyone comes in willing to pay the $150 to get the waiver and have zero interest in getting the car fixed or even finding out what even needs to be fixed!
25 years?? that is worse than the 20 year old federal gas tax!!