Old Car Buy Back Program Expands Model Years

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Source: Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District

Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) is now accepting vehicles, model year 1995 or older (expanded from the previous requirement of model year 1994 or older), under the popular Old Car Buy Back Program.

Since 2006, the District’s program has purchased vehicles from Santa Barbara County residents looking to retire their older cars, which produce more emissions than newer versions. The program has cut more than 200 tons of smog-forming pollution by taking 5,500 older cars off the road. The vehicles that would still qualify for this program locally account for five percent of the vehicles in the county but represent more than 27 percent of the county’s car emissions.

“Advances in vehicle technology over the years have drastically improved air quality both locally and statewide,” said District Director Aeron Arlin Genet. “With this program, we hope that people take that $1,000 and either enjoy alternative transportation options such as taking the bus or riding a bike, or apply it toward the purchase of a newer, cleaner car.”

Funding for this program comes from vehicle registration fees designated for use by local air districts. The District will pay $1,000 for 1995 or older gasoline or diesel cars, light-duty trucks, vans, or SUVs, if certain conditions are met. Those conditions include, but aren’t limited to:

·        Vehicles must be registered in Santa Barbara County for the past two consecutive years;
·        Vehicles must be in working condition;
·        Vehicles must be smog-certified.

The vehicles bought by this program are removed from the road permanently after a licensed auto dismantler crushes the cars. The District works with specific dismantlers in Goleta, Lompoc, and Santa Maria.

For more information, including a full list of requirements, call (805) 961-8814 or visit the District’s website: www.ourair.org/old-car-buy-back-program.

*Spanish version available at www.ourair.org/012519-news/

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Lucky 777 Jan 29, 2019 11:13 AM
Old Car Buy Back Program Expands Model Years

In Japan the emissions requirements are SO strict that after a decade pretty much no car can pass..... so it is the source of the rebuilt engines for Japanese cars that are so readily available here. They swap out the entire engine there, ship it here to be resold. Where the standard deviation is for Californians to take their car to the shop, get it tuned so it will pass the test, get it smogged, then get it retro-tuned so it will run well. What a racket.

Concerned4Calif Jan 29, 2019 07:51 AM
Old Car Buy Back Program Expands Model Years

Probably a relatively cost effective way of reducing pollutants. I think the largest and most inconvenient expense is the frequency of smog checks. They have increased the number of years for newer vehicals but its still not necessary to do so often. Even my 10 year old Toyota only scored .1% of the allowed. It costs time, trips and around $60-$70 to get a smog check. They have the data by model to know which models are pollution problems and which will go 10-20 years without polluting over the limits. This program costs citizens hundreds of millions. Imagine what could be done with that money to clean the air more effectively.

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