Guide to Vehicle Replacement
Which cars can be retired and replaced?
Your current vehicle must be 1999 or older, and fail an emissions test.
You must have owned the car for at least 6 months.
The vehicle needs to have been in use within California for the past 2 years.
Which areas of California does this program cover?
You must reside within the jurisdiction of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
- Fresno County
- Kern County (partial)
- Kings County
- Madera County
- Merced County
- San Joaquin County
- Stanislaus County
- Tulare County
My car is under my family member’s name. Can I apply for the program under my name?
Unfortunately, no. The name on the application must match the name of the owner.
My car is under my family member’s name, but I am on the insurance.
Can I apply for the program under my name?
Unfortunately, no. The name on the application must match the name of the owner – an insured driver does not count.
I just bought my car – can I retire and replace it?
No, the vehicle needs to have been in your name for at least 6 months.
Where can I purchase my replacement vehicle?
The replacement vehicle must be purchased from one of our authorized dealers:
- Carmax: Modesto, Fresno, and Bakersfield –www.carmax.com
- Michael Automotive Center, Fresno – www.cleanairautos.com
- Fiat of Fresno – www.fiatusafresno.com
- Rose Motorcars – www.driverose.com
- Beas Auto Sales – www.beasautosales.com
- Enterprise Car Sales: Fresno, Stockton – www.enterprise.com
- Century Motors: Fresno, Bakersfield – www.thempgstore.com
Can I purchase a pickup truck or minivan as my replacement vehicle?
Yes, only if you are retiring your current vehicle that is a truck or minivan. Minivans and trucks must have at least a 21 MPG combined fuel economy rating.
Can I purchase a used car as my replacement vehicle?
Yes! We encourage our customers to find qualified used vehicles with low mileage. The car must be 2013 or newer.
What other requirements does the replacement vehicle need to meet?
- Model year 2013 or newer
- Less than 100,000 miles on the odometer – ideally less than 80,000 miles
- Finance rate not to exceed 15.99%
- No active vehicle safety recalls
Can I apply for this program online?
You can call us at: 209-808-2939 or 559-852-9282 or 661-372-4112.
What information do you need?
1. $500 smog repair voucher from a Tune In & Tune Up event, or a recent failed ASM emissions test
(Within the past 6 months)
2. 2 years vehicle registration
(2018 – present if you have it)
3. 2 years proof of vehicle insurance
(2018 – present if you have it)
4. Vehicle title
(You must have owned your car for at least 6 months)
(Needs to be under your name for at least 6 months)
5. First 2 pages of 2019 1040 tax return
(You can cover the SSN, we don’t need it)
6. First page of current PG&E or SoCal Edison bill
(It does not have to be under your name)
7. Valid CA Driver’s License
Is it okay if my registration or insurance is not current?
We don’t require current registration or insurance. However, your application may or may not be approved depending on other factors.
Why do you need all of the documents you request?
We need this information to determine your eligibility and income level. The more documentation you can provide us with, the easier it will be to process your application.
What if I don’t have a tax return? What if I receive SSI checks?
That’s okay. We request this information to determine your income level. Please bring whatever financial documents that you have for the year (check stubs, bank statements, letters from government agencies, etc.) that help verify your income.
What happens to my current vehicle?
It is collected on the day you purchase your new car. It will be destroyed by a vehicle recycling company.
Do you have to be ‘low-income’ to qualify for this program?
You need to be at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to qualify, with the incentive increasing as household income decreases. We use your annual income and number of people living in your household to calculate your incentive amount. If you are at or below 225% of FPL according to the chart below, you can receive the maximum incentive amount.
How do I calculate my Federal Poverty Level?
Please use this table to calculate using your annual income and family size.
|2020 Annual Poverty Guidelines|
What incentive amount can you qualify for?
Incentive amounts are based on the customers’ income level and the type of replacement vehicle they purchase. There are higher incentives for cleaner cars.
You may also qualify for higher incentives if you live in an approved “Disadvantaged Community” zip code. Many neighborhoods in the Valley are designated as DAC – please contact us to find out if your address qualifies.
Incentive for <225% Federal Poverty Guidelines
Incentive for <300% Federal Poverty Guidelines
Incentive for <400% Federal Poverty Guidelines
What are the incentive amounts for those who do NOT have a “Disadvantaged Community” zip code?
Not available at this time.
You may qualify for higher incentives if you live in an approved “Disadvantaged Community” zip code. Many neighborhoods in the Valley are designated as DAC – please contact us to find out if your address qualifies.
What additional incentives can PG&E customers qualify for?
2019 transactions for a plug in vehicle can receive an $800 Clean Fuel Reward!
*You must reside at an address that PG&E covers and be a current customer.
Valley CAN will help you complete and submit the application after the purchase of your replacement vehicle. More info about this program HERE.
What additional incentives can SoCal Edison customers qualify for?
2019 transactions for a plug in vehicle can receive an $1,000 Clean Fuel Reward!
*You must reside at an address that SCE covers and be a current customer. Valley CAN will help you complete and submit the application after the purchase of your replacement vehicle. More info about this program HERE.
What is EVSE and what additional incentive can participants qualify for?
Qualified customers purchasing plug-in electric vehicles (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) or Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)) from the Drive Clean in the San Joaquin Vehicle Replacement program may receive an additional $2,000 towards purchase and installation of Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE). The incentive will be available for the purchase and installation of EVSE, commonly referred to as EV charging equipment, at their single-family residence and potentially multi-family residence.
Can I have cash instead of a down payment check?
No. Our program only provides down payment checks as incentives for residents to purchase cleaner vehicles.
What phone number can I call to speak to someone about this program?
Please call 209-808-2939 or 559-852-9282 or 661-372-4112.