(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.