Vehicle Buy Back Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions - Vehicle Buy Back Program

Does the Air District still have a Vehicle Buyback program?

The Air District currently operates a completely voluntary Vehicle Buy Back program that pays $1,200 for an operating and registered 1997 or older vehicle that has passed smog check. Vehicle dismantlers contracted by the Air District will qualify and scrap the vehicles.

Why does my vehicle have to pass smog check and be operating if the program will scrap the vehicle anyway?

The purpose of the Vehicle Buy Back program is to reduce air pollution by taking older, more highly polluting vehicles off the road. If a vehicle can’t be driven because it isn’t registered or doesn’t pass smog check, it isn’t on the road emitting air pollution.

Who can I call if I have a question about the Vehicle Buyback process?

The dismantlers who coordinate the program on behalf of the Air District will answer all general questions, verify your vehicle’s eligibility, and schedule eligible vehicles to be brought to one of their sites.

If you have additional questions or a complaint about the dismantlers, you may contact the Air District Vehicle Buy Back Program staff at 415-749-8775.

What can I do if my vehicle doesn’t qualify for the Air District’s Vehicle Buyback Program?

If your vehicle does not meet the Vehicle Buy Back program requirements, you can contact the California Bureau of Automotive Repair Consumer Assistance Program at1-866-272-9642.

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.

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Last Updated: 7/15/2015