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Vehicle Buy Back Program

Program Information *

To reduce air pollution, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's (Air District) Vehicle Buy Back Program (VBB) will pay $1,000 for an operating and registered 1994 and older vehicle. Vehicle dismantlers contracted by the Air District will scrap the vehicles. The VBB Program is a voluntary program that takes older vehicles off the road. The VBB Program is funded through the Air District's Carl Moyer, Mobile Source Incentive Fund and Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) programs.

 

For your vehicle to be eligible for the VBB Program it must meet the Vehicle Status Requirements and the Vehicle Functional and Equipment Eligibility Inspection described below.

 

If you think that your vehicle qualifies, call an Air District vehicle dismantler to schedule an appointment to sell your vehicle to the Program. The dismantler will verify your vehicle’s eligibility and provide you with the specific locations of their sites.

 

* Para información en español sobre nuestro programa de retiro del vehículo

Vehicle Buy Back Dismantlers

LocationVehicle Dismantlers
American Canyon
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314
Brentwood
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314
Fairfield
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314

  • Pick-N-Pull
  • 1-800-727-2708
Hayward
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314
Newark
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314

  • Pick-N-Pull
  • 1-800-727-2708
Oakland
  • Pick-N-Pull
  • 1-800-727-2708
Palo Alto
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314
Pittsburg
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314
Richmond
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314

  • Pick-N-Pull
  • 1-800-727-2708
Rodeo
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314
San Francisco
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314
San Jose
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314

  • Pick-N-Pull
  • 1-800-727-2708
San Leandro
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314
Santa Rosa
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314
Vallejo
  • Environmental Engineering
  • 1-855-343-7314
Windsor
  • Pick-N-Pull
  • 1-800-727-2708
Vehicle Status Requirements

Your vehicle must meet the following requirements when it is driven to the vehicle dismantler:

  1. The vehicle must be a 1994 model year or older diesel or gasoline-powered passenger car or light-duty truck up to 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight or less.
  2. The vehicle must be currently registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as an operable vehicle and must have been so registered for at least 24 consecutive months prior to the date of the sale to CONTRACTOR to an address, or addresses, within the DISTRICT. The Air District includes all of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, and the southern portions of Solano and Sonoma counties. Smog Checks must be performed as required by DMV in order for the vehicle to be considered registered.

    The vehicle may also be eligible if the owner of the vehicle placed the vehicle in planned non-operational status per Vehicle Code sections 4604 et seq., for up to two months during the 24 month registration period and occurring at least three months immediately prior to its sale to the VBB Program.

    The vehicle may also be eligible if the registration has lapsed for less than 181 days during the previous 24 months and all appropriate registration fees and late penalties have been paid to DMV, provided that the vehicle is registered for at least ninety (90) days immediately prior to its sale date to the VBB Program.
  3. The vehicle must be driven to the vehicle dismantler site under its own power.
  4. Vehicles whose emission control systems have been tampered with as defined in Cal Code Regs., tit. 16, § 3340.41.5. are not eligible until such tampering has been completely corrected.
  5. The vehicle cannot be operating under a Smog Check repair cost waiver or economic hardship extension.
  6. If the vehicle is within 60 days of its next required Smog Check inspection, the vehicle shall pass the inspection without receiving a repair cost waiver or economic hardship extension prior to acceptance by the dismantler.
  7. If a vehicle is within sixty-one to ninety (61-90) days of its next required Smog Check Inspection, the vehicle is not required to have a Smog Check Inspection. But, if the Smog Check Inspection is performed in this sixty-one to ninety (61-90) day time frame, the vehicle must pass the inspection.
  8. Determination of an individual vehicle's registration history shall be based on registration data for that vehicle, obtained from DMV records. If DMV registration data provide inconclusive results for an individual vehicle, then copies of the applicable vehicle registration certificate may be used.
Vehicle Functional and Equipment Eligibility Inspection

The vehicle dismantler will only purchase your vehicle for the Vehicle Buy Back Program if it meets the following requirements:

  1. The vehicle must have been driven to the dismantler site under its own power.
  2. The vehicle dismantler will inspect the vehicle to ensure it meets the following requirements and must reject the vehicle if the vehicle fails any one of these requirements:
    1. All doors must be present and in place.
    2. The hood shall be present and in place.
    3. The dashboard shall be present and in place.
    4. Windshield shall be present and in place.
    5. The driver's seat must be present and in place.
    6. Interior pedals shall be operational.
    7. The vehicle must have one bumper and all side and/or quarter panels shall be present and in place. Vehicle drivability must not be affected by any body, steering, or suspension damage. Exhaust system shall be present and in place.
    8. One headlight, one taillight and one brake light shall be present and in place.
    9. One side window glass shall be present and in place.
  3. The vehicle dismantler will complete the following functional inspection, and shall reject the vehicle if the vehicle fails to complete the following test:

    Insert key, vehicle engine must start using keyed ignition system. In addition to the keyed ignition switch, ignition or fuel kill switch may be activated if required to start engine. The vehicle must start readily through ordinary means without the use of starting fluids or external booster batteries. The vehicle shall be driven forward for a minimum of 25 feet under its own power. The vehicle shall be driven in reverse for a minimum of 25 feet under its own power.

Upon satisfactory completion of the inspection, the vehicle dismantler will issue a certificate of functional and equipment eligibility.

If your vehicle does not meet the Vehicle Buy Back program requirements, contact the Bureau of Automotive Repair Consumer Assistance Program (1-866-272-9642). The Consumer Assistance Program provides financial assistance for people who would like to retire their vehicle or repair their vehicle when it fails the Smog Check Inspection.

The Air District maintains a Vehicle Inventory for classic car collectors or others interested in purchasing 1994 and older vehicles or their parts that are intended for scrapping under this program. You may also call one of the Vehicle Dismantlers for an inventory of vehicles available for purchase.

Last Updated: 11/18/2013