Car Scrap and Replace


The goal of the car scrap and replace program is to get lower-income consumers into cleaner technology vehicles or use alternative mobility options, such as transit passes, to help reduce smog-forming pollutants.

Incentive amounts are based on your household income level, where you reside, and the replacement vehicle you choose. The highest incentive amount under this program is for participants with the lowest income, living in a disadvantaged community, and that choose the cleanest vehicle technology, such as battery electric vehicle (BEV).

  • In the South Coast (which includes the Los Angeles Area), the program is known as Replace Your Ride
  • In the San Joaquin Valley, the program is implemented through Tune In and Tune Up

Retire and Replace Eligibility Steps

Step 1 You must reside in the San Joaquin Valley or the South Coast air district.

The program may expand to other regions later this year. Stay tuned for changes in the coverage area.

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Enter your zip code below to determine if you live in an eligible disadvantaged community. Participants living in these eligible zip codes qualify for additional incentives if their replacement vehicle is a conventional hybrid electric (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), or battery electric vehicle (BEV).

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Step 2 Your household income must be at or below eligible levels provided below.

Your total replacement vehicle savings or incentive amount is based on your income level and household size. To determine available incentives, match your annual income and household size to using the chart below. Your annual income must be at or below the values provided.

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Income levels are based on a percent of the federal poverty level, and change from year to year. The chart here is based on 2016 guidelines.


Step 3 Select an eligible vehicle and scrap old vehicle.

You must scrap and replace your old, high polluting vehicle when accepting incentives towards the purchase of cleaner replacement vehicle.

Replacement options for income levels that are 225% (or less) of FPL:

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*Conventional vehicles must meet certain minimum fuel US EPA fuel economy ratings which are based on the model year of the replacement vehicle.

Your family may qualify for these incentives:

  • A family of two can earn up to $36,045 a year
  • A family of three can earn up to $45,360 a year
  • A family of four can earn up to $54,675 a year

Replacement options for income levels that are 226% - 300% of FPL:

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Your family may qualify for these incentives:

  • A family of two can earn up to $48,060 a year
  • A family of three can earn up to $60,480 a year
  • A family of four can earn up to $72,900 a year

Replacement options for income levels that are 301% - 400% of FPL:

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Your family may qualify for these incentives:

  • A family of two can earn up to $64,080 a year
  • A family of three can earn up to $80,640 a year
  • A family of four can earn up to $97,200 a year

Step 4 Additional requirements to receive funding from the car scrap and replace program.

Below are additional old and new vehicle requirements. Please visit the Air District websites for more details about when funding is available and how to apply for funds.

Additional requirements:

For the vehicle you are retiring:

  • Vehicle must be operational
  • Have the title issued in your name
  • If in the South Coast, must either be 1999 vehicle model year and older or fail an emissions test
  • If in the San Joaquin Valley, must be 1995 vehicle model year or older and fail an emissions test
  • Newer model years may also be eligible through other funding sources
  • Passenger or light duty trucks (gross vehicle rating of 10,000 lbs or less) that are gas or diesel powered. This information is found on the door jamb.
  • Be registered or operated in the State of California for at least the last two years

For the replacement vehicle you are purchasing:

  • Eight years old or newer
  • Meet minimum fuel economy thresholds
  • Purchased through a participating dealer
  • Participate in Survey Questions
  • Report mileage at 12, 24, and 30 months after purchase

Step 5 For more information and to apply, contact the nearest air district.

Residents of the San Joaquin Valley can participate in “Tune In Tune Up” events by visiting: valleyair.org

Residents of the South Coast can participate in the “Replace your ride” program by visiting: www.replaceyourride.com

Related Pages

Car Scrap & Replace Flyers
Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP)
Clean Car Buying Guides
Testimonials



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