Guide to Vehicle Replacement

Guide to Vehicle Replacement

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Which cars can be retired and replaced?

Your current vehicle must be currently operational, gas-powered, and model year 2006 or older.

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:


Can I purchase a pickup truck or minivan as my replacement vehicle?

No, not available at this time.


Can I purchase a gas or conventional  car as my replacement vehicle?

No, not available 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 2014 or newer.


What other requirements does the replacement vehicle need to meet?

  • Model year 2014 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                         

After I buy my car, can I decide to sell it or trade it in later?

Yes, after 30 months.

Your contract will say: Participant shall operate the replacement vehicle for a period of not less than thirty (30) months from the date the vehicle is purchased, or Participant shall refund a pro-rated amount based on the number of years and/or days the vehicle was owned and operated by the Participant. 


What if I buy the car and change my mind?

  • Vehicles have a 5-day return period. You need to be sure that you are ready to keep that car within those 5 days. Beyond that, we crush your old car and there’ s no changes for 30 months.
  • If you are purchasing a NEW and NOT a used car there is no return period. Please verify with dealership you are purchasing car with if they will offer a return option on a NEW car.
  • Once the retired car is destroyed there is nothing that can be done. Your only option is to proceed with the program or rescind from program entirely forfeiting your 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:  209-808-2939 or 559-852-9282 or 661-372-4112.


What information do you need?

1.      2  years of vehicle registration
         (2019 through present if you have it)

2.     2  years of vehicle insurance
        (2019 through present if you have it)

3.     Vehicle Title
        → You must have owned your car for at least 6 months
        → Needs to be under your name for at least 6 months

4.     First 2 pages of 2020 1040 tax return
        → You can cover the SSN, we don’t need it

5.     First page of current PG&E or SoCal Edison bill
        → It does not have to be under your name

6.     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.


Can I apply if I have a lien holder on my car?

If the title has been signed/stamped by company listed as lien holder, yes, you may proceed to apply. If the title has not been signed/stamped by company listed we will not be able to accept your application.


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.

2021 Annual Poverty Guidelines
Household/
Family Size
225% 300% 400%
1 $28,980  $38,640  $51,520 
2 $39,195  $52,260  $69,680 
3 $49,410  $65,880  $87,840 
4 $59,625  $79,500  $106,000 
5 $69,840  $93,120  $124,160 
6 $80,055  $106,740  $142,320 
7 $90,270  $120,360  $160,480 
8 $100,485  $133,980  $178,640 
9 $110,700  $147,600  $196,800 
10 $120,915  $161,220  $214,960 

https://aspe.hhs.gov/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.

DAC Incentives

Incentive for <225% Federal Poverty Guidelines
Electric Vehicle: $9,500*
Plug‐In Hybrid:   $9,500*
Hybrid MPG 35+ :  $7,000

Incentive for <300% Federal Poverty Guidelines
Electric Vehicle: $7,500*
Plug‐In Hybrid:   $7,500*
Hybrid MPG 35+ :  $5,000

Incentive for <400% Federal Poverty Guidelines
Electric Vehicle: $5,500*
Plug‐In Hybrid:   $5,500*

*May also qualify for an additional $ 800 – $ 1,000 Clean Fuel Reward through utility provider. May also qualify for an additional $2,000 towards the purchase and installation of Electric Vehicle Service Equipment ( EVSE) Plug-In Hybrid.

           


What are the incentive amounts for those who do NOT have a “Disadvantaged Community” zip code?          

Non-DAC Incentives:

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?

Not available at this time.

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?

Not available at this time.

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.


If I finance the car, can I pay off the loan early? Or do I have to pay it off as agreed on the dealership contract?

Financing the car or paying it off in cash is up to you.
Please check with the dealership or bank you are working with and ask if they have a pre-payment penalty. 


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.