Vehicle Replacement Assistance Program

Vehicle Replacement Assistance Program Houston TX

Are you considering participating in the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine - Vehicle Replacement Assistance Program? Effective September 1, 2017, eligible vehicles for purchase are:

  • Model year 2018-2015 cars, SUVs, and vans and Model year 2018-2016 pickup trucks that have been certified to meet federal Tier 2, Bin 5 or cleaner Tier 2 Bin standards or Tier 3, Bin 160 or cleaner Tier 3 Bin standards; and
  • Model year 2018-2015 hybrid, electric, natural gas and all vehicles that have been certified to meet federal Tier 2, Bin 3 or cleaner Tier 2 Bin standards or Tier 3, Bin 85 or cleaner Tier 3 Bin 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, 2017. 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, 2017, these vehicles are no longer eligible:

  • Model year 2014 cars, SUVs, and vans.
  • Model year 2015 trucks.

Are You Eligible?

Your vehicle must be registered in one of these participating counties:

  • Brazoria
  • Fort Bend
  • Galveston
  • Harris
  • Montgomery

You must meet these 2018 net* income requirements:

Size of Household

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Over 8

Maximum Net Income Per Year

$36,420

$49,380

$62,340

$75,300

$88,260

$101,220

$114,180

$127,140

Add $12,960 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:

  • $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

Reimbursement cannot be made directly to vehicle owners or after a vehicle has already been purchased.

The vehicle you purchase must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be certified to a federal Tier 2 Bin 5 or cleaner Tier 2 Bin standard or to a federal Tier 3 Bin 160 or cleaner Tier 3 Bin standard
  • Must have an odometer reading of not more than 70,000 miles
  • Cannot cost more than $35,000 before tax, title, and license (non-hybrid vehicles)
  • Cannot cost more than $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 Tier 2 Bin certification or Tier 3 Bin 85 or cleaner Tier 3 Bin certification of current or up to three model years old; before tax, title and license
  • Must be purchased through a participating dealer