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Old-Vehicle Scrapping Program

Frequently Asked Questions:

I think my car meets the qualification, what do I do now?

How much will I get for my car?

How old does my car have to be in order to participate?

My car is old and polluting, why does it have to meet the Rule 1610 criteria?

Why does my car need to be registered for 2 years to be accepted?

Why was my car rejected for excessive smoking or dripping liquids when it does not state either as a reason for rejection in the rule?

Why is a Power of Attorney required if I am turning in a relative's vehicle?

Why did I get disqualified for working on my car before pulling up to the inspection area?

Why did my vehicle get disqualified for jump starting my car before the inspection?

Why do I have to add 50 miles if I am disqualified?

Are there other programs for scrapping vehicles?

I heard about a sensor on the highway to detect polluting vehicles, how can I find one?
 

I think my car meets the qualifications, what do I do now?
Contact one of the licensed scrappers to see if they will purchase your vehicle and for additional information on the buyback times and locations, as well as the paperwork that they require.
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How much will I get for my car?

The scrapper sets the prices for the vehicle based on the model year. The price is driven by the amount of Mobile Source Emission Reduction Credits (MSERC) the scrapper can get for a particular vehicle and is based on the model year.
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How old does my car have to be to participate?
The scrapper will determine if they will accept a vehicle and how much they will pay for the vehicle. The value of the vehicle is directly proportional to the level of pollution it generates; therefore, the older the vehicle the higher the dollar value it can command.  In general, vehicles will be accepted up to the model year 1993 but likely only a few hundred dollars will be offered for the newer vehicles.
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My car is old and polluting, why does it have to meet the Rule 1610 criteria?

Rule 1610  not only encourages vehicle retirement, but also generates Mobile Source Emission Reduction Credits (MSERC) for each vehicle that is scrapped. Those credits can then be purchased by companies to mitigate the impact of employee commutes. In order to justify generating those credits, AQMD must ensure that the program is generating real quantifiable emission reductions.
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Why does my car need to be registered for 2 years to be accepted?
Since this program generates credits, it is important that inspectors establish that the vehicles being scrapped are currently being driven on roads within the AQMD. In order to establish this, vehicles must be registered for 24 months prior to scrapping.
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Why was my car rejected for excessive smoking or dripping liquids when it does not state either as a reason for rejection in the rule?
The rule does not specifically refer to smoking vehicles or vehicles that are leaking fluids. However, inspectors must use reasonable judgment when evaluating a vehicle. If a vehicle is excessively smoking or leaking liquids, it will be rejected on the basis that it does not have three years of useful life left. Mobile Source Emission Reduction Credits (MSERC) are generated based on a three year useful life for the vehicles being accepted into the program.
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Why is a Power of Attorney required if I am turning in a relative's vehicle?

The power of attorney requirement in the rule is to prevent fraud. It would be a liability for a scrapper to accept a vehicle that was not turned in from the actual owner or someone who has power of attorney for the owner.
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Why did I get disqualified for working on my car before pulling up to the inspection area?

The Rule 1610 Old-Vehicle Scrapping program is designed to retire vehicles that are currently being driven on our local roadways. Many requirements are put into Rule 1610 to ensure the vehicles being retired are reliable, with three years remaining useful life. If the vehicle needs to be worked on prior to the inspection in order to pass the relatively simple requirements, then this is not the type of vehicle this program is targeting.
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Why did my vehicle get disqualified for jump starting my car before the inspection?

As stated above, the Rule 1610 Old-Vehicle Scrapping program is designed to retire vehicles that are currently being driven on our local roadways. A vehicle requiring a jump start is not likely to being driven on our roads on a daily basis. Many requirements are put into Rule 1610 to ensure the vehicles being retired are reliable, with three years remaining useful life. If the vehicle needs a jump in order to start, then this is not the type of vehicle this program is targeting.
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Why do I have to add 50 miles if I am disqualified?

The 50 miles requirement is to ensure that the deficiency that caused the vehicle to be disqualified was properly corrected. In order to prove that, Rule 1610 requires vehicles to be driven 50 miles after the correcting any functional eligibility requirements.
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Are there other programs for scrapping vehicles?

There are programs available for residents of the Antelope Valley, the Bay Area and Santa Barbara. See the California Air Resource Board (CARB) website for further information on those programs, or our page on the other programs available. Also, if your vehicle did not pass the Smog Check then the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has a Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) that offers either $500 to repair the vehicle or $1000 to scrap the vehicle to qualified consumers.
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I heard about a sensor on the highway to detect polluting vehicles, how can I find one?

The High Emitter Repair or Scrap (HEROS) program began in 2007 and relies on Remote Sensing Devices (RSD) to detect high emitting vehicles that are being driven on roads within the District. The program was designed so that the RSD are not made public. Disclosing the RSD locations would encourage people to drive older more polluting vehicles past the sensors that they may not ordinarily drive. If your vehicle has been detected as a “gross-polluter” on the highway, you will receive a letter explaining the process to participate in the HEROS program.
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