A man in Colorado was so frustrated with his car breaking down, he decided to capitalize on the "Cash For Clunkers" program. That's nothing unusual — except his car was a rare Maserati.
The 1985 Maserati BiTurbo has 18,480 miles on the odometer and its interior is nearly new. Yet the owner said he couldn't drive the car more than 10 minutes without having to call his mechanic.
The Maserati, like all "Cash for Clunker" trade-ins, will soon be crushed. The man said the engine frequently had problems and he's been trying to the Maserati for months. By trading it in, the owner got $3,500 of government money, roughly the same as he was trying to sell the car for privately.
"Probably half our deals right now are Cash for Clunkers," Billy Mills, general sales manager for Go Subaru, where the car was traded in.
The interior of the Maserati is pristine, with all leather, suede and wood trim. The car's unidentified owner said put his trade-in money toward the purchased of a used Subaru Impreza.