AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Will the Government dole out Free Tune-Ups?

July 21st, 2008 at 1:01pm

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One of the ideas being floated by environmentalists to conserve oil is to get the government to handout free tune-ups.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC, is looking at things we can do in this country to immediately reduce how much oil we use. And one of their ideas is called “Give America a Tune-up.”

The idea would be to get Congress to give out vouchers so that motorists could get a free tune-up, including and oil and air filter change, new spark plugs and making sure the tires are properly pumped up.

The NRDC says that by tuning up almost every car and truck on the road we could instantly make them all get better fuel economy. And it calculates this would save motorists $200-300 a year. No word yet what Congress thinks of the idea, but we’ll keep you up to date as things develop.

2 Comments to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Will the Government dole out Free Tune-Ups?”

  1. John Says:

    This type of “band aid” approach and using congress (us) to pay for it is a typical bad problem solving technique that has got us into this problem in the first place.

    John McElroy, introduce the congress and the nrdc to T.Boone Pickens. He has a real plan.

    http://www.pickensplan.com/

    This nrdc idea is ripe for abuse and fraud and won’t solve anything, but mabey that’s the nrdc’s idea.

  2. Tom Martin Says:

    Congress would do better supporting the development of 50+ mpg cars and cars/trucks with electric drive trains.

    I also support the Pickens Plan, as well as Gore’s proposal.