Lars Larson on Saving the Car Business

Here’s an idea for you. How about a rebate to get Americans to buy American cars?

Yesterday I got the chance to talk to my old friend, Ron Tonkin. Ron knows a thing or two about cars. He’s sold about one half of a million of them in his professional career, nearly 50 years in the business.

He’s worried about this business because he understands that the car business is a linchpin in the American economy. One job in four in America involves automobiles, gasoline, spare parts, tires, windshields and the like. So he’s got an idea.

Instead of putting all of that bailout money into the banks and other places, he said, “How about a $2,500 rebate if anybody buys a car made by one of the big three?” You know, the American auto makers, Chrysler, General Motors & Ford. Have that rebate of $2,500 put as an incentive when buying a car.

I don’t like rebates and I don’t like subsidies, but I do like the idea of saving America’s economy.

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  • JesseO

    Why should we pay for them to buy from the big threes instead of other American companies? Since Toyota and Honda make many of their cars here, and haven’t been fighting fuel efficiency standards as grossly, why not them?

  • jonescreekranch

    you think the rebate is enough incentive to buy that piece of crap? somewhere down the line that rebate will be swallowed up by repair costs. how about offering all repairs for free?
    build a better car and no incentive is needed!

  • dean

    “I don’t like rebates and I don’t like subsidies, but I do like the idea of saving America’s economy. ”

    That puts Lars with Bush and a whole lot of other conservatives of convenience. I’m a conservative…really. Government can’t do anything right except fight wars and lock up drug dealers. TAx cuts solve every problem. But if needed have VERY BIG GOVERNMENT on standby to bailout the entire otherwise perfect capitalist system that is based on creative destruction…as in business or entire sector failure to make way for new ideas and stuff.

    So sure…government should provide a rebate to save car companies to save jobs. Why not have government just buy the cars directly and hand them out to people though a lottery system? That would be popular.

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