AirCheck Texas is Back!

AirCheck TexasThe State of Texas has brought back the AirCheck Texas program for a short while. If approved, you can receive a voucher for $3000 or $3500 if you meet certain requirements, including what you purchase.
To apply by phone, here is the best number: 1 800 898-9103. They will take all your information, ask you all the qualifying questions, and then direct you to send the documentation needed. Your voucher will then be mailed to you.
If you have not heard me talk about this on air, the idea is to take older cars that put out more emissions off the road and replace them with newer, less polluting cars. The State has earmarked a pool of money, raised from inspection sticker fees, to give you $3000 if you buy a newer car or $3500 if you buy a hybrid or electric car.
The cars that are targeted must be 10 years old and older (2004 model) and gasoline powered. They must be running and they must have had an inspection sticker in the last 15 months. They also must have been registered for a year in one of the eligible counties. It is important to note that there is no limit on how old the car can be as long as it is a 2004 or older.
Eligible counties in North Texas are: Dallas, Tarrant, Ellis, Rockwall, Collin, Denton, Parker, Johnson, and Kaufman. Eligible counties in South Texas are: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, and Montgomery. In the Austin area, it is Travis and Williamson counties.
There are income requirements also, based on your NET (or take home) income and based on the number of people in your household. You will be required to prove your income through check stubs, W2s, or tax returns. Here are the maximums you can earn net to be eligible for the cash rebate: Family of 1: $35,010. Family of 2, $47,190. Family of 3, $59,370. Family of 4, $71,550. Family of 5, $83,730. Family of 6, $95,910. Family of 7, $108,090. Family of 8, $120,070.
You can buy certain cars, minivans or SUVs, but $35,000 (after any factory rebates) is the maximum you can spend, unless you are purchasing a hybrid or electric, then the limit is raised to $45,000.
Your old vehicle will be picked up by a salvage yard for whatever recycling can be done, and then the vehicle will be crushed.
Essentially, that is the program. Not all dealerships will participate but I expect almost all of our sponsors will.
If you have a vehicle that won’t pass emissions, but want to repair it, the program will pay you up to $600 for repairs.
The website for more info is:

1 Comment
  1. Robert Simon 4 years ago

    I am so sick and tired, as a tax payer, to be billed for other peoples Vehicles. I surely got no help from government when I had to purchase my Mitsubishi two years ago. Sounds like another “lets get the clunkers off the street” ploy to me. Just another case of government overreach. As easy as it is to keep a newer computer controlled, fuel injected vehicle running clean, this doesn’t make much sense to me. The only thing to worry about is the mechanical soundness of the engine and it’s sensors. You keep that all in good condition and it shouldn’t be any worse than a new one. Not to mention the cost of a new car. Those of us who make only twenty or thirty thousand a year can’t afford making large auto payments.

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