California Vehicle Retirement | DMV.ORG

California’s Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle RetirementProgram (VAVR)—also known as the car scrap or recycling program—aims to get California junk cars off the highways by providing cash incentives to drivers in order to purchase newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

NOTE: The VAVR program is funded on a yearly basis. Once funds run out, residents must wait until the next fiscal year to file for the incentives. Consult the California Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) website for details.

California VAVR Requirements

Generally, your vehicle must fail the smog check before it’s eligible for the VAVR program, and that failure must not be due to:

  • Ignition timing adjustment.
  • Failed gas cap functional test.
  • Tampered emissions control system.

In some cases, your vehicle might be eligible for a local air district program without having failed the smog test. See VAVR Program District Information below.

California provides an extensive list of additional requirements for its

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