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AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine — Vehicle Replacement Assistance Program

Financial assistance for replacing your higher emissions emitting car or truck is available for eligible motorists.

 

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Effective September 1, 2016, eligible vehicles for purchase are:
  • Model year 2017-2014 cars, SUVs, and vans and Model year 2017-2015 pickup trucks that have been certified to meet federal Tier 2, Bin 5 or cleaner standards; and
  • Model year 2017-2014 hybrid, electric, natural gas and all vehicles that have been certified to meet federal Tier 2, Bin 3 or cleaner standards.

All vehicles sold on or after September 1 must meet the new eligibility criteria, regardless of the voucher's date of issue or expiration, or status of ongoing sales negotiations with the dealer.

The following model year vehicles will be removed from the eligibility lists and will no longer be eligible for purchase under the DACM program after August 31, 2016. All vehicles sold on or after September 1 must meet new eligibility criteria, regardless of the voucher's date of issue or expiration, or status of ongoing sales negotiations with the dealer.

After August 31, 2016, these vehicles are no longer eligible:

  • Model year 2013 cars, SUVs, and vans;
  • Model year 2014 trucks

 

Are you eligible for vehicle replacement assistance?
Your vehicle must be registered in one of these participating counties.
Austin Program Area
  • Travis
  • Williamson
Dallas-Fort Worth Program Area
  • Collin
  • Dallas
  • Denton
  • Ellis
  • Johnson
  • Kaufman
  • Parker
  • Rockwall
  • Tarrant
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Program Area
  • Brazoria
  • Fort Bend
  • Galveston
  • Harris
  • Montgomery
You must meet these 2016 net* income requirements: (these income amounts change annually in February)
Size of Household Maximum Net
Income Per Year
1 $35,640
2 $48,060
3 $60,480
4 $72,900
5 $85,320
6 $97,740
7 $110,190
8 $122,670
Over 8 Add $12,480 for each additional member
*As determined by using the Adjusted Gross income (AGI) on your most recent Federal Income Tax form.
Note: The value of the replacement vehicle may affect eligibility requirements and/or benefits for financial assistance programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Please contact your case worker if you have any questions.
Your vehicle must meet these conditions:
  • Failed an emissions test,
  • Has a current registration and has been registered in your participating county area for at least 12 of the 15 months preceding your application, and
  • Passed a Texas motor-vehicle safety and emissions inspection within 15 months of your application and driven under its own power to the automobile dealership.
OR
  • At least 10 years old and gasoline powered,
  • Driven under its own power to the automobile dealership,
  • Has a current registration and has been registered in your participating county area for at least 12 of the 15 months preceding your application, and
  • Passed a DPS motor-vehicle safety inspection (if more than 24 years old) or safety and emissions inspection (if 24 years old or less) within 15 months of application.
If you meet all of the above requirements, you are eligible to receive the following financial assistance for vehicle replacement:
Reimbursement cannot be made directly to vehicle owners or after a vehicle has already been purchased.
  • $3,000 for a car, current model year or up to three model years old
  • $3,000 for a truck, current model year or up to two model years old
  • $3,500 for a hybrid vehicle, electric or natural gas vehicle, current model year or up to three model years old
The vehicle you purchase must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be a federal Tier 2 Bin 5 or cleaner vehicle (see the list: model year 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
  • have an odometer reading of not more than 70,000 miles, and
  • Cannot cost more than
  • $35,000, before tax, title, and license, or
  • $45,000 for a hybrid vehicle, electric, vehicle, natural gas vehicle or a vehicle certified to meet or exceed federal Tier 2 Bin 3 or cleaner certification of current or up to three model years old; before tax, title and license.
  • Must be purchased through a participating dealer