Dodge Vipers Used for Educational Purposes Bound for Junkyard, Not Consumers' Hands | Edmunds

Dodge Vipers Used for Educational Purposes Bound for Junkyard, Not Consumers' Hands


Just the Facts:
  • Consumers will not be able to get their hands on older Dodge Vipers used for educational purposes, as Chrysler on Thursday defended its decision to send the cars to the scrap heap.
  • "They are to be destroyed when they are no longer needed for their intended educational purposes," said Chrysler in a statement posted on its Web site.
  • A social-media effort to save the Vipers has sprung up.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan Consumers will not be able to get their hands on older Dodge Vipers used for educational purposes, as Chrysler on Thursday defended its decision to send the cars to the scrap heap.

"They are to be destroyed when they are no longer needed for their intended educational purposes," said Chrysler in a statement posted on its Web site.

A social-media effort to save the Vipers has sprung up.

Many argue that if the Vipers cannot be sold, they should at least be put in a museum.
But Chrysler said its decision is standard operating procedure.

"Approximately 10 years ago, Chrysler Group donated a number of Dodge Viper vehicles to various trade schools for educational purposes," the automaker said. "As part of the donation process, it is standard procedure — and stipulated in our agreements — that whenever vehicles are donated to institutions for education purposes that they are to be destroyed when they are no longer needed for their intended educational purposes."

Chrysler added that the vehicles are unlikely to "offer any educational value to students."

"Chrysler Group fully understands and appreciates the historical significance of the Viper and is very active in preserving many of its legendary models and designs for historic purposes; however, none of these vehicles fit into this category," the statement said.

Despite reports that some educational Vipers "got loose" and were involved in crashes, Chrysler said it "has no record of any legal proceedings involving Dodge Viper vehicles donated to educational institutions being involved in accidents and product-liability lawsuits."

Edmunds says: Apparently, a used-car lot is the best place to get your hands on an older Dodge Viper.

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