MDAQMD Buy-Back Program Now Accepting 1994 And Older Cars

By Staff Reports

(Victorville) – Local owners of older, higher polluting vehicles manufactured before 1995 are now eligible to receive $1,000 for scrapping their operable cars, vans and light and medium duty trucks through the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement program. Prior to January of 2012, only vehicles 20 years or older were eligible for buy-back under the program. “By reducing the age of the vehicles accepted for scrapping, the MDAQMD hopes even more residents will participate,” said MDAQMD Executive Director about the program, which has taken 325 vehicles off the road since its inception.

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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