AM I ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?
What is the Consumer Assistance Program?
The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) helps to improve California’s air quality by assisting qualified consumers in repairing or retiring their vehicles. The statutory authority for CAP is found in section 44062 of the Health and Safety Code and is implemented through regulations adopted by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). Vehicle owners who meet eligibility requirements are offered the following:
Participation in CAP programs is limited to the availability of funds.
How do I qualify for CAP?
CAP offers consumers two options:
Repair Assistance applicants must meet income requirements to qualify to receive financial assistance towards emissions-related repairs. An Income Eligibility Table can be found on the CAP application . Consumers whose total household incomes do not exceed the maximum annual, or monthly gross household income, as shown in the table may be eligible. Approved applicants are required to pay the total costs associated with the testing and diagnosis of the emissions-related failures for their vehicles (co-payment).
How do I apply?You must first submit an application. Do not have any repairs done to your vehicle until you are notified that your application has been approved. If you applied for repair assistance, you will receive an approval letter and a list of participating Gold Shield stations. If you applied for vehicle retirement, you will receive an approval letter and a list of contracted dismantlers.
Where can I get an application?
You can obtain the CAP application (click to download the application) online or by calling the Department of Consumer Affairs Consumer Information Center at 800-952-5210.
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