MDAQMD Buy-Back Program Offers $1,000 For Pre’ 92 Autos

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– Local owners of older, higher polluting vehicles can still get $1,000 for scrapping

their operable 1991 and older cars, vans and light and medium duty trucks through the Mojave

Desert Air Quality Management District’s Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement program.

“More than 60% of the High Desert’s air pollution originates from automobiles,” said Eldon

Heaston, Executive Director for the MDAQMD. “Recognizing the enormous health benefits and

bang for the buck of removing aging, polluting vehicles from the road, our Governing Board has

recently allocated funds for more buybacks.” Heaston added that the VAVR program, which

currently has almost $50,000 available for rebates, represents “a win-win proposition for

residents and air quality alike.”

Eligible vehicles must be driven to a contracted vehicle dismantler and pass the most recent

biennial Smog Checks required by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Eligible vehicles must

also be registered and meet Vehicle Status Requirements and a Vehicle Functional and

Equipment Eligibility Inspection, which are described in detail on the MDAQMD’s website at

Incentives for eligible vehicles will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until available

funds are exhausted. The MDAQMD’s scrap program is not affiliated with other

State or federal vehicle programs. Unlike the now discontinued “Cash for Clunkers” program,

participants in the MDAQMD’s program are not required to purchase a replacement vehicle.

The MDAQMD’s voluntary program is available to owners of vehicles registered within the air

district’s jurisdiction, which includes the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and

Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley.

To sell your vehicle, or to get more information on the VAVR program, call 1-800-717-7624.

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