The initial wording of the bill puts these restrictions on it.
Only in 2009 can they buy car and get the federal rebate.
They must have owned the previous car since before Dec. 31st 2008.
The new wording puts a spin on this.
The rebate goes from 1500-4500 depending on how much cleaner the new car is in comparison to the older one.
Personally, I think the US should lax up on safety regulations and work with the EU to make a worldwide standard on auto safety regulations.
That way, auto manufactures can create vehicles that meet the minimum safety requirements and produce fewer emissions than older vehicles. While at the same time offering premium demanded vehicles that offer greater safety for consumers.