The Bay Area Old Car Buy Back and Scrap
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District Old Car Buy Back and Scrap Program will pay $1,000 for a qualified operating and registered 1994 and older vehicle. The Old Car Buy Back and Scrap Program is a voluntary program that takes older vehicles off the road and dismantles them. The Bay Area Air District includes all of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, and the southern portions of Solano and Sonoma counties. The Old Car Buy Back and Scrap Program is sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. This Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement (VAVR) Program is not operated by the State of California. Your participation is entirely voluntary. Incentives will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the available funds are exhausted.
For your vehicle to be eligible and to qualify for the Old Car Buy Back and Scrap Program, it must meet the Vehicle Status and Qualification Requirements and the Vehicle Functional and Equipment Eligibility Inspection described below in addition to other requirements not listed.
If you think that your vehicle qualifies, please call the phone number listed below to find more about the process and schedule an appointment to sell your vehicle to the Program. We will verify your vehicle’s eligibility and provide you with the specific locations of our sites.
Vehicle Status and Qualification Requirements:
Your vehicle must meet the following requirements when it is driven to the vehicle dismantler:
- The vehicle must be a 1994 and older passenger car or a light duty pickup truck that includes, but is not limited to, a pick-up truck, sports utility vehicle (SUV), or van up to 10,000 pounds gross vehicular weight rating.
- The vehicle must be currently registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as an operable vehicle and shall have been so registered for at least twenty-four (24) consecutive months prior to the final date of sale to the Old Car Buy Back Program, to an address or addresses within the Bay Area Air Quality Management District jurisdiction. Smog Checks must be performed as required by the DMV in order for the vehicle to be considered registered.
A vehicle may also be eligible if the owner of the vehicle placed the vehicle in planned non-operational status per Vehicle Code Section 4604, et seq., for a total of (2) or fewer months during the continuous twenty-four (24) months registration period and occurring at least three (3) months prior to the date of sale to the Old Car Buy Back and Scrap Program.
A vehicle may also be eligible if the registration has lapsed for less than one-hundred-and-eighty-one (181) days during the previous twenty-four (24) months and all appropriate registration fees and late penalties have been paid to the DMV, provided that the vehicle is registered for at least ninety (90) days immediately prior to its date of sale to the Old Car Buy Back and Scrap Program.
Additionally, the vehicle must have a clear California title with no liens.
- If a vehicle owner has sold a vehicle to the Old Car Buy Back Program within the previous twelve (12) months, any subsequent vehicles offered to the Old Car Buy Back Program must have been registered continuously to that owner for the previous twenty-four (24) month period, in addition to meeting all other requirements of the Old Car Buy Back and Scrap Program.
- The vehicle must be driven to the vehicle dismantler site under its own power.
- The vehicle cannot be operating under a Smog Check repair cost waiver or economic hardship extension.
- A vehicle must pass the most recent biennial Smog Checks required by California DMV in order to be considered eligible for participation in the Old Car Buy Back and Scrap Program.
- If a vehicle is within sixty-one to ninety (61-90) days of its next required Smog Check Inspection, the vehicle is not required to have a Smog Check Inspection. But, if the Smog Check Inspection is performed in this sixty-one to ninety (61-90) day time frame, the vehicle must pass the inspection.
- If a vehicle is within sixty (60) days of its next required Smog Check Inspection, the vehicle must take and pass the Smog Check Inspection without receiving a repair cost waiver or economic hardship extension. Owners of vehicles requiring Smog Check Inspections will be required to submit documentation issued by a licensed Smog Check station demonstrating compliance with this requirement. The documentation must be submitted to the vehicle dismantler performing the functional and equipment eligibility inspection.
- Determination of an individual vehicle's registration history shall be based on registration data for that vehicle, obtained from DMV records. If DMV registration data provide inconclusive results for an individual vehicle, then copies of the applicable vehicle registration certificate may be used.
Vehicle Functional and Equipment Eligibility Inspection:
The vehicle dismantler will only purchase your vehicle for the Old Car Buy Back and Scrap Program if it meets the following requirements. These requirements are taken from the Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement (VAVR) Program Guidelines.
- The vehicle must have been driven to the dismantler site under its own power.
- The vehicle dismantler will inspect the vehicle to ensure it meets the following requirements and must reject the vehicle if the vehicle fails any one of these requirements:
- All doors must be present and in place.
- The hood shall be present and in place.
- The dashboard shall be in place.
- Windshield shall be present and in place.
- The driver's seat must be present and in place.
- Interior pedals shall be operational.
- One bumper and all side and /or quarter panels shall be present and in place.
- Vehicle drivability must not be affected by any body, steering or suspension damage.
- Exhaust system shall be present and in place.
- One headlight, one taillight and one brake light shall be present and in place.
- One side window glass shall be present and in place.
- The emission control system must not show obvious signs of tampering, such as missing catalytic converter.
- The vehicle dismantler will complete the following functional inspection, and shall reject the vehicle if the vehicle fails to complete the following test:
Insert key, vehicle engine must start using keyed ignition system. In addition to the keyed ignition switch, ignition or fuel kill switch may be activated if required to start engine. The vehicle must start readily through ordinary means without the use of starting fluids or external booster batteries. The vehicle shall be driven forward for a minimum of 25 feet under its own power. The vehicle shall be driven in reverse for a minimum of 25 feet under its own power.
Upon satisfactory completion of the inspection, the vehicle dismantler will issue a certificate of functional and equipment eligibility.
How to Get Started, Who to Call, and Where to Fax Your Information
To see if your vehicle may be eligible for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Old Car Buy Back and Scrap Program and to find more about the process, program availability, locations, specific and complete qualification and eligibility criteria, and to participate in the Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement (VAVR) Program, please contact Environmental Engineering Studies, Inc. at 1-855-343-7314.
You can start the participation and qualification process by faxing Environmental Engineering Studies the following information. Our fax numbers are 1-760-798-4300, 1-760-798-4301 or 1-760-798-4306.
- Please fax a photocopy of the entire front page of the title (pink slip).
- The owner must obtain a printout (not a form) from the DMV called “Registration History Printout”. It is only given to the owner by a local DMV office (not AAA DMV). Click here to view and print a sample of the Registration Information Request printout. Please call us if you are not sure what you need to get from the DMV.
- Please fax a photocopy of the Registration History printout.
- Please fax a photocopy of the most current DMV Renewal Notice, if available.
- Please list your phone number on your fax so we can get back to you.
Once we receive your fax, we will do the following:
- If your vehicle meets the Vehicle Status and Qualification Requirements of the Old Car Buy Back Program, we will call you back to schedule an appointment. Vehicle owner must be present at the appointment and the vehicle must be driven to our location for the final Vehicle Functional and Equipment Eligibility Inspection and Qualification. If vehicle owner can’t be present at the appointment to deliver the vehicle, a notarized power of attorney or other legal documents must be faxed to us and presented prior to the appointment. Please call us for details.
- If your vehicle does not meet the Vehicle Status and Qualification Requirements of the Program, we will notify you of the reason.