Take A Test Drive For The Governor

The recently-passed “cash for clunkers” bill isn’t government’s first try at encouraging motorists to trade up. In 1938, as the automobile industry struggled to free itself from the Depression, Gov. Clyde Hoey asked North Carolinians to do their part during National Used Car Exchange Week:

“The accumulation of used cars in the hands of automobile dealers throughout the United States has reached such proportions that it is difficult to sell new cars. . . .

“It would be a very great stimulus to all kinds of business if the people of this State would… discard the old cars which have about served their period of usefulness and replace them with some of the used cars which are available or a new car, as they may see fit.”

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