Auto repairs are never fun, especially when they’re unexpected. In many cases, drivers have no idea that there’s a problem with their emissions system until they come in for their routine California smog check. As with all types of auto care, some smog repairs are relatively simple and inexpensive and others are not. But what should you do if the repairs you need are way out of your budget? Fortunately, there is an opportunity to get help so your car can stay on the road. Here’s what you need to know about California’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP).
- When your vehicle fails a smog check, you may file a claim for the CAP program if you need help paying for the repairs. The form is available for download from the California Bureau of Automotive Repair. You may also call (800) 952-5210.
- If you qualify for repair assistance, you’ll receive up to $500 to cover repairs on your emissions system or other related components. You must meet an income eligibility requirement. You must also make sure you take your vehicle to a mechanic shop that’s a Smog Check station. The shop you choose must also be contracted by the State of California to handle these repairs.
- If your car is older, you may not want to invest the money required to get into compliance with the law. In this case, you can request assistance for vehicle retirement. If you qualify, you’ll get up to $1500 to retire your vehicle from the road. You’ll need to take your car to a dismantler that’s been approved by the State of California.
If you’re looking for the best smog check near you, come to B&J Auto Repair Smog & Sales in Chula Vista, CA. You’ll get a complete $29.75 smog check for your car. Plus, you’ll be able to get any necessary smog and auto repairs taken care of right here. We’ll also answer any questions you have about the CAP program. Stop in today for fast service!