Texas Government Will Pay You for Your 10-year or Older Vehicle

That’s right. Get money for tossing in your old tanker. It’s true that older cars and trucks release more harmful emissions into the atmosphere than newer cars and trucks. It’s also widely known that Texas has a poor track record for pollution and smog created by mass transit vehicles – all our cars. According to an article on The Dallas Morning News website:

The state should begin taking applications next week for a program that offers vouchers of up to $3,500 to get old, polluting cars and trucks off the road…The state has $100 million for the program, mostly collected over the last several years from higher vehicle inspection fees in noncompliant counties. In return for getting up to 40,000 old cars and trucks off the road through the program, Texas will get clean-air credits from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that could help the state meet clean-air standards.

So, how does it work? Well, the article also says that,

Any gas-powered car or truck at least 10 years old – meaning a model year of 1997 or older – is eligible. The vehicle must have been registered in an area county for at least 12 months before the voucher application, and it must have passed an inspection or emissions test within the last 15 months. Almost all area counties are eligible…Participants must also meet income standards since the program is aimed largely at low-income residents who have no choice but to drive older vehicles, which typically emit 10 to 30 times as much pollution as new vehicles.Annual income limits start at $30,630 for an individual.The program is intended mostly for counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas that are not in compliance with federal clean-air standards.



Oh, but did we mention North Central Texas Council of Governments has also restricted it to certain counties and put a $25,000 limit on the new car you buy?

Residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth nonattainment counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Tarrant) may be eligible to receive vouchers for $3,000 toward the purchase of a newer car or truck and $3,500 toward a hybrid vehicle from participating auto dealers. Up to $600 for repair assistance is available.

Worried about creating more “waste” by ditching your dusty wheels? Don’t worry… much… when you get money for the car, the dealers are reimbursed for the voucher, but only after they have disposed of the cars through an approved salvage facility. If you are, or will be looking for a new car and yours is a 1997 model or older, check out the list of eligible replacement cars or trucks, participating dealers, English/Spanish applications and more at AirCheck Texas site. Hopefully, this program will allow people to not only make fewer emissions with a newer car but will also encourage people to think about getting a hybrid modeled car.



Updated: We’ve had a few questions about how to apply for the program, so here’s some more information about the program. To find out if your car qualified, contact the “Drive a Clean Machine” program administrator in your region.



Gregg Mansell February 22, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Why would I give up a car on which I owh nothing to go and finance a new car. I could sell my $2,000.00 vehicle and take the $3,500.00 and say $1,000.00 of my other funds and purchase a better vehicle for $6,000.00 and simply mail proof of purchase and registration to the state. The state Government needs to listen to Dave Ramsey and stop forcing people into debt.

Beau Gamble February 25, 2008 at 8:39 pm

It sounded nice but you have to think about it .The voucher for $3500.00 is a nice down payment on a new vehicle but I couldn’t make the car payments of $300-400 a month and feed my kids ,pay rent,pay the high prices for energy,and gasoline,oh yeah and having to buy cable becuse of no analog tv for the poor, disabled and uneducated that don’t know what’s going on.The state should stimulate its own state and give $3500.00 cash for low income people (under $35,000 gross) to put back in their pockets for their bills ,comfort ,whatever…its time for the state to give now in a real way no strings attached.

Shannon Bosemer February 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm

I agree with Beau. I am in a similar situation being a single mother on a very low income level and commuting 82 mile per day in Houston traffic. I could use the help in general.

jimbo February 29, 2008 at 9:18 am

All this will do is create a heavier debt burden on the working class already overburdened with debt. Why not use the same funds as payments for medical insurance for the uninsured in Texas?

Big John March 2, 2008 at 10:19 am

Don’t you get it?
This is not another handout,another something for nothing,another “everyone owes me” because I don’t and won’t earn my way.
This is about pollution.
Keep your old car.No one is telling you what to do.
If you can’t afford a payment,then don’t do this.
You people need to get a grip and quit griping.

JT March 2, 2008 at 10:40 am

You don’t have to buy a “new” car with this program. Put the $3000 towards a 2005 Kia if you can’t afford much more.

byron duncan March 10, 2008 at 11:15 am

I am interested in the program i would love to help the enviroment. My car is 14 years old and i love it to death but for the cash i would luv to help the cause.

sc5pa March 13, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Doesn’t California have a similar program for older autos?

tammy hathaway March 16, 2008 at 7:59 pm

how and where do i get more info on this program? Where do you apply?
Thanks ,

Linda Taylor March 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm

I wonder why just certain counties are included in this?
Is just the people around Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston and Austin the only ones nweed to breathe the cleaner air?
Us poor folks in Fannin County would like help to better our cars and air!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve Watkins March 29, 2008 at 12:05 am

My best guess is that it is because Fort Worth/Dallas and Houston have some of the worst air pollution in the country. I can imagine that there are limited funds available for such a program and they have to be used where things are the most critical.

LeRoy April 9, 2008 at 1:22 am

Hell ya now I can buy my F350 dually.

adam May 6, 2008 at 11:59 am

I have a 17 year old car and I would love the help. So when, where, how. If someone could give the info I would appreciate it!
thanks

patrica milton June 8, 2008 at 12:43 pm

would like know how do I get start in the program I have a 1996 4 runner would like to get a newer auto need more info

victoria June 9, 2008 at 12:20 am

how do you apply for this program? i have a 91 old escort with no ac and its kind of beat up does this still apply?

Lezli July 10, 2008 at 10:07 pm

How do I apply for this program and where can I trade my car in?

Liz August 7, 2008 at 11:48 pm

I also want to know how or where to apply this program and where I can trade my car?
Can I use the money to buy a used car?

Mme1 September 6, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Who are the participating dealerships?

will June 25, 2009 at 11:15 am

no thanks i prefer to keep my old car.
cant effort a new car

marcelle September 9, 2009 at 10:21 am

I am interested in the program as well and I would like to know if it is still available. I have a 1996 car and I am definately ready to get rid of it. Of course I do not want a car that I cannot afford.
Please does anyone have the details on this program?

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This program came and went, and is long finished, unfortunately.

katrina phillips April 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

my car will not pass inspection. how can i get help on this program

denny May 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Dear sirs,

Do the plan still workable?

Thanks!
Denny

Doug July 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm

are the vouchers still available for tarrant county?

Annoyed September 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Programs that simply reimburse dealers for YOUR financed purchased are just using government funds, to line dealer pockets.
These programs are start out with good intentions for the public, but get hijacked by the industry in implementation. (solar installations, polluting cars etc. Dealers simply raise the price of the good by the reimbursement (consumers have to disclose the vouchers or credit before negotiation, while the consumer assumes not only a new debt with no even the voucher gain, but end up paying twice with their tax rates. Reimbursments should go straight to the consumer, otherwise its better to not participate on the reimbursement.

phil johnson September 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

If the state of Texas was so worried about clean air why not have a voucher program for converting an old vehicle over to a clean fuel like CNG. People who think programs like this are all about saving the environment are only kidding themselves. Its all about putting public funds into private hands.

Orey October 13, 2012 at 3:05 am

I think this is a great program and helps out a lot of people who could use a better vehicle. You don’t have to purchase a Brand New car. People can purchase a used car as long as it falls under the category of the vehicles accepted from 2007 and newer. Also the point of this entire program is to clean up the air in our atmosphere, not just to help people out with money. Global Warming is very real no matter what anyones beliefs against it are. Scientist have proven it and our government is spending millions of dollars on research and find ways fix these problems such as Solar Powered boats that shoot ocean water into the sky to create more clouds to protect us from the sun rays. I saw that someone made a comment about how they think the government should put money into lower income peoples pockets instead, because they have too many bills such as cable? That’s just rediculous and such a stupid thing to say. I am a lower income person under 30k a year, and I could use the money but it was a stupid comment to make. This is to help out with air, not your income, also if you have a problem with your bills or income, your money situation all together than guess what? Move to a cheaper place, cancel your cable, get rid of stuff you don’t, spend money wiser, get a better job. People make as much money as they put into making their money, such as people who go to college and make more money busted there ass in school got accepted into college and got a scholarship or w/e. There are so many ways to better your life, people just don’t put the effort into it and there is nothing I hate more than people complaining about that, because most of America is lazy and stupid. We are becoming one of the dumbest countries in the world, and we are already the fattest. Also I lied there is something I hate more than people complaining, and that’s fat people. Gross, if you don’t have a disease that causes you to be fat, well than you are a waste of life and should of eaten healthier and worked out immediately when you started notice you were getting out of shape. Ya I just covered a lot of different subjects, because I was kind of responding to about 10 different comments that I read prior to writing this. PEACE

Orey October 13, 2012 at 3:05 am

I think this is a great program and helps out a lot of people who could use a better vehicle. You don’t have to purchase a Brand New car. People can purchase a used car as long as it falls under the category of the vehicles accepted from 2007 and newer. Also the point of this entire program is to clean up the air in our atmosphere, not just to help people out with money. Global Warming is very real no matter what anyones beliefs against it are. Scientist have proven it and our government is spending millions of dollars on research and find ways fix these problems such as Solar Powered boats that shoot ocean water into the sky to create more clouds to protect us from the sun rays. I saw that someone made a comment about how they think the government should put money into lower income peoples pockets instead, because they have too many bills such as cable? That’s just rediculous and such a stupid thing to say. I am a lower income person under 30k a year, and I could use the money but it was a stupid comment to make. This is to help out with air, not your income, also if you have a problem with your bills or income, your money situation all together than guess what? Move to a cheaper place, cancel your cable, get rid of stuff you don’t, spend money wiser, get a better job. People make as much money as they put into making their money, such as people who go to college and make more money busted there ass in school got accepted into college and got a scholarship or w/e. There are so many ways to better your life, people just don’t put the effort into it and there is nothing I hate more than people complaining about that, because most of America is lazy and stupid. We are becoming one of the dumbest countries in the world, and we are already the fattest. Also I lied there is something I hate more than people complaining, and that’s fat people. Gross, if you don’t have a disease that causes you to be fat, well than you are a waste of life and should of eaten healthier and worked out immediately when you started notice you were getting out of shape. Ya I just covered a lot of different subjects, because I was kind of responding to about 10 different comments that I read prior to writing this. PEACE

CVpec April 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Thanks Orey. You have said what so many others have wanted to say. The Funny Thing is Obama did this back in his first term to stimulate the economy and clean up the air. Now the very conservatives who criticized him for wasting money are do the very same thing in the name of clean air. No matter how you try to solve a problem, those who proffer nothing will complain.

Barbara July 26, 2013 at 2:57 pm

You must buy a car that the government approves. You have a list at the air check website.

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