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Need Emissions Related Repairs? Arizona Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program Can Help

Need Emissions Related Repairs? Arizona Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program Can Help

The Arizona Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program is a great aid for Arizona residents who need help paying for emissions related vehicle repairs! If you qualify, you could get up to $900 paid towards your repairs.

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What is the Arizona Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program?

The program is run by ADEQ, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program has helped with thousands of vehicle repairs, saved owners millions of dollars, and eliminated nearly a thousand tons of emissions.

If your vehicle has failed an emissions test, the Arizona Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program will assist you with repair payment if you meet the qualifications for the program.

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How does the Arizona Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program work?

There are 4 steps in the process to get assistance with your emissions repairs.

  • After the vehicle you own fails an emissions test, check the eligibility requirements for the program. If you meet all of the requirements, you can apply online or speak with an Emissions Testing Station manager to enroll with them.
  • Return your vehicle to any emissions testing station and pass an emissions test within 7 days. The approved repair facility you have your car fixed at may be able to do the emissions test for you, so be sure to ask before leaving the facility.
  • Renew your registration with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) by clicking here.

ADEQ may call or email you after you apply in order to provide assistance with the program.

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You can only participate in the program with one vehicle per owner.

If a repair facility provides a diagnostic and you elect not to proceed with the repairs, you will be fined $75 dollars in diagnostic services. In addition, you will not be eligible to participate in the program until the next time you need to register your car in Arizona.

If your vehicle does not pass the emissions test after being repaired, you can return to the approved facility you had the repairs done at. At the emissions test, you will receive a code for which kind of failure your vehicle is having. If the code matches the original problem you were having, the facility is repaired to fix the vehicle at no additional cost to you until your vehicle passes the emissions test. If the car fails because there are new problems occurring, the facility is not guaranteed to repair your car for free.

Vehicles with expired registrations of 60 days or more are not eligible for the program.

In the list below are vehicles not eligible to participate in the program:

  • Fleet vehicles
  • Salvage vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Motor homes
By Unsplash user Caique Silva. A woman in a blue shirt with black glasses smiles as she leans on her white vehicle. She's successfully received assistance through the Arizona Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program.
By Unsplash user Caique Silva.

Do I qualify?

You must meet all of the requirements below in order to qualify for the program.

  • You must apply for the program within 60 days of failing a required emissions test.
  • You must apply no earlier than 90 days before your vehicle registration expiration date.
  • You must be listed as the registered owner of the vehicle in need of repairs. This registration must be under the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.
  • The vehicle must have been registered for the past year.
  • Your vehicle must be titled in Arizona.
  • Your vehicle must have a gasoline or light-duty diesel engine.
  • Your vehicle’s emissions control system must not be altered.
  • You have not used the program to fix a different vehicle.
  • Your vehicle must not be a motorcycle, motor home, salvaged vehicle, or part of a fleet.

If you have a heavy-duty diesel vehicle, you can call 520-628-5395 to learn more about how you can participate in the program.

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How do I apply?

You can either immediately enroll with your Emissions Testing Session manager after failing the emissions test, or you can apply online. This link is to the online application in English, and this link is to the online application in Spanish.

You can call 877-692-9227 to ask any questions you may have about the program or application.

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    As a third-year English major with years of researching and writing experience, Chloe uses her experience and her passion for helping others to help you get the financial aid you deserve.