Welcome to the Consumer Assistance Program

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The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) is administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and is designed to help improve California's air quality. CAP is a voluntary program and offers two options – Repair Assistance and Vehicle Retirement. Participation is based on meeting program eligibility requirements and the availability of funds each fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).


For more information, click on the corresponding program option below.
Repair Assistance

Income-eligible consumers who meet program requirements may receive up to $500 in emissions-related repairs at a STAR test-and-repair station after their vehicle fails its biennial Smog Check inspection.

Vehicle Retirement

Consumers who meet eligibility requirements may receive either $1,000 or $1,500 to voluntarily retire their operational vehicle from California roadways at a BAR-contracted dismantler site.