CAP – Consumer Assistance Program

What is the Consumer Assistance Program?

The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) is administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and is designed to help improve California’s air quality. Through CAP, a consumer may retire a qualified vehicle and receive $1,000 or $1,500 if the consumer meets low income eligibility guidelines. In addition, CAP 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 emission-related repairs.

How do I apply for CAP?

You must first complete and submit a CAP application to retire or repair your vehicle. Call the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Consumer Information Center at 800-953-5210 for additional information.