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Air District to offer $1,500 for 1998 or older vehicles in buyback program

PIX Now - Morning Edition 6/19/24
PIX Now - Morning Edition 6/19/24 11:29

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is offering people cash for their old, smoggy cars.

The Air District's Vehicle Buy Back Program will give people $1,500 starting in July for turning over vehicles made in 1998 or before.

"The Vehicle Buy Back Program gives residents an incentive to scrap older, more polluting vehicles to help improve regional air quality and reduce climate-warming emissions," Air District executive Officer Philip Fine said in a statement Tuesday.

To qualify, vehicles must be from 1998 or before, currently registered as operable in the Bay Area for the past 24 months and drivable.

Also, vehicles that need a smog check within two months must take and pass one, according to BAAQMD officials.

The program has taken 95,000 cars, vans, pickup trucks and SUVs off the road since 1996.

More information about the buyback program can be found at

California has a similar program for people with vehicles that can't pass a smog check. More information about that program can be found by visiting

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