What Is California's Cash for Cars Program?


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California's Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement program, also known as Cash for Cars or Cash for Clunkers, offers car owners $1,000, or $1,500 for low-income individuals, who voluntarily retire vehicles that fail the Smog Check Test. The program is similar to the federal Car Allowance Rebate System.

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The purpose of the Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement program is to remove older, less fuel-efficient vehicles from the roads and replace them with newer vehicles that cause less pollution.

In addition to the state of California's program, some localities offer their own additional incentives for residents who agree to scrap their older cars in favor of more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

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