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Air District to Offer $1,500 to Scrap Old Cars

Press Release

by CC News
Bay Area Air Quality Management District

SAN FRANCISCO – Starting July 1, 2024, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will offer $1,500 to Bay Area residents to improve local air quality by scrapping their 1998 and older vehicles through the Vehicle Buy Back Program.

The program pays owners of older, high-polluting cars and small trucks to voluntarily retire their vehicles. Older vehicles lack modern emission control technology and pollute at a higher rate than newer models.

“Transportation is a major source of air pollution in the Bay Area,” said Dr. Philip Fine, executive officer of the Air District. “The Vehicle Buy Back Program gives residents an incentive to scrap older, more polluting vehicles to help improve regional air quality and reduce climate-warming emissions. The program is also a tool to achieve environmental justice goals by reducing emissions in communities located near freeways and high-traffic areas that are overburdened by pollution sources.”

Eligibility requirements for the Vehicle Buy Back Program include the following:

  • Vehicle must be 1998 model year or older
  • Vehicle must be currently registered as operable and must be drivable
  • Vehicle must have been registered in the Bay Area for the past 24 months
  • Vehicles within 60 days of a required smog check must take and pass smog check

The program reduces air pollutants from vehicle exhaust including fine particles and ozone precursors, the main ingredients in smog. These pollutants contribute to respiratory diseases and increased mortality rates. Retiring older vehicles also reduces carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

Since 1996, the Air District’s Vehicle Buy Back program has retired over 95,000 cars, vans, pickup trucks and SUVs. For each pre-1998 vehicle removed from Bay Area roads, an estimated 75 pounds of air pollution is prevented from being emitted into the air annually.

The State of California operates a complimentary program offering eligible consumers vehicle retirement options for vehicles that do not pass smog check. More on the Consumer Assistance Program is available at www.bar.ca.gov/consumer/consumer_assistance_program .

To find out more about the Vehicle Buy Back program, visit www.baaqmd.gov/vbb.


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PattyOfurniture June 20, 2024 - 4:59 pm

I do believe that bug in the picture is worth well more than $1500 on the open market. My CRX is worth probably $5K easily. Getting this letter in the mail is like a slap in the face.

Furthermore, there are so few of these cars on the road at this point, what does it matter?

Futher-furthermore, my car would run even BETTER and more efficiently if I was allowed to modify the stock carburetor and remove all the vacuum lines with said modification. NOPE! Not allowed. You can’t try to make things better in socialist Kalifornia. Of course, all the guys with ’75 and older big blocks can put fuel injection kits on their big blocks. But my little 4-banger? Nope. Do not touch it says the bureaucracy! I’m the devil.

My CRX gets 40mpg. I’m the devil. Hah.

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