California’s “CARS” Program
Pliot program announced to create an incentive program to scrap old polluting clunkers for hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (ZEVs).? Pilot program is for the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley air districts.
Need Based Incentives based on three separate income levels: (see Federal Poverty Level Tables below).
- Low Income – household income equal to or less than 225 % of the federal poverty level
- Moderate Income – household income 226 to 300 % of the federal poverty level
- Above Moderate – household income 301 to 400 % of the federal poverty level
In addition, those individuals must reside in a ZIP code that contains a disadvantaged census tract
Incentives are also based on level of car being purchased.
|Hybrid(35+ mpg)||Plugin-in Hybrid||Electric Vehicle|
|Above Moderate Income||$0k||$7k||$8k|
Have a clunker to scrap but don’t want to buy a new car?
Money for public transit
If you scrap an old, dirty car but choose not to replace it, you are also eligible for vouchers for public transit passes, between $2,500 and $4,500 in value, depending on your income level.
Contact the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District at (559) 230-6000, or in the Greater Los Angeles area contact South Coast Air Quality Management District staff at (909) 396-2647.
If the pilot programs are not available in your area learn more about existing etablished statewide California car buyback programs.