Consumer Assistance Program

Designed to help improve California’s air quality, the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) offers help to consumers who own vehicles that may have trouble passing the smog inspection.

Consumer Assistance Program – Repair Assistance

The Repair Assistance Program provides qualified consumers who own a vehicle that fails its biennial (every other year) Smog Check inspection up to $500 in financial assistance towards certain emissions-related repairs.

To qualify for CAP repair assistance, a vehicle must have failed its most recent biennial smog inspection.  Pre-Test, manual mode, and training mode inspections do not qualify.

Also, the vehicle and owner must meet registration and household income requirements.

You can learn more about CAP Repair Assistance at, or by calling (866) 272-9642.

Consumer Assistance Program – Vehicle Retirement

In addition to offering qualified consumers up to $500 towards certain emissions related repairs, CAP also offers consumers up to $1,500 to retire vehicles from operation.

Eligible vehicle owners who also meet household income eligibility requirements may $1,500 for each vehicle retired.  All other qualified vehicle owners shall receive $1,000 for each vehicle retired.

You can learn more about CAP Vehicle Retirement at, or by calling (866) 272-9642.

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