Vehicle Replacement FAQ

Vehicle Replacement Frequently Asked Questions


Which cars can be retired and replaced?

Your current light-duty vehicle must be 1999 or older and fail emissions.

You must have owned it for at least 6 months.

The vehicle needs to have been in 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 you purchase the replacement vehicle from?

The replacement vehicle must be purchased from one of our authorized dealers:


Can I purchase a pickup truck as my replacement vehicle?

No, we can only replace vehicles with cars that meet our MPG and emissions requirements. Pickup trucks do not qualify at this time.


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 2012 or newer.


What other requirements does the replacement vehicle need to meet?

  •  2012 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
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle 20+ MPG Combined  
    or Plug-In Hybrid and Zero Emission Vehicle                                   

Can I apply for this program online?

Yes! Please visit the online application HERE.
Please contact our staff if you need assistance with the online application.

You can call us at 209-451-8987 or 209-430-8821.


What information do you need?

1.    Smog repair voucher from a Tune In & Tune Up event or a recent smog test showing an emissions failure (either of these dated within last 6 months)
2.    2 years vehicle registration (2017 – present)
3.    2 years proof of vehicle insurance (2017 – present)
4.    Vehicle title with your name listed as owner
5.    First 2 pages of 2018 1040 tax return (You can mask the SSN – we don’t need it!)
6.    First page of current utility bill (PG&E or SoCal Edison)
7.    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/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 documents 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, etc.) that help to calculate your yearly 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 as “low-income.” We use your yearly income and number of household members to calculate this. There are different tiers for incentive amounts depending on what your income level is. If you are at or below 225% according to the chart below, you can receive the maximum incentive amount:


My income is higher than 225%.
How do I calculate my Federal Poverty Level?

Please use this table to calculate using your annual income and family size.

Persons in Household Combined Household
              300% 400%
1             $36,420 $48,560
2             $49,380 $65,840
3             $62,340 $83,120
4             $75,300 $100,400
5             $88,260 $117,680
6             $101,220 $134,960
7             $114,180 $152,240
8             $127,140 $169,520
Add $4,320 for each person over 8          

What are incentive amount can you qualify for at <225% FPL?

Incentive amounts are based on the customers’ income level and the type of replacement vehicle they purchase. There are higher incentives for cleaner cars.

Maximum Incentive Amounts:

Electric Vehicle     
$ 9,500
*May also qualify for an additional $ 800 – $ 1,000 Clean Fuel Reward through utility provider

Plug-In Hybrid 
$ 9,500
*May also qualify for an additional $ 800 – $ 1,000 Clean Fuel Reward through utility provider

Hybrid MPG 35+
$ 7,000

Hybrid MPG 20+
$ 6,500


What incentive amounts can you qualify for at <300% FPL?                         

Hybrid
$ 5,000

Plug In or Electric
$ 7,500
*May also qualify for an additional $ 800 – $ 1,000 Clean Fuel Reward through utility provider


What incentive amounts can you qualify for at <400% FPL?          

Plug In or Electric
$ 5,500
*May also qualify for an additional $ 800 – $ 1,000 Clean Fuel Reward through utility provider


What additional incentives can you qualify for through PG&E?

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 you qualify for through SCE?

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. 


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 209-451-8987 or 209-430-8821 or 661-372-4112.