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Consumer Assistance Program Numbers

Written by maryp posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

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During the the first quarter of 2011, the CAP aka the Consumer Assistance Program, (related to the Smog Check program) retired over 12,310 vehicles. How many of these were old BMW’s, MINI’s or Mercedes, that could have been saved if only they had been cared for lovingly during its life? We’ll never know the answer to that one.

The state maintains that by “retiring” (crushing) the polluters and financially assisting with the repair of another 15019 vehicles, we have saved 381.1 tons of hydrocarbons in our air, 351.8 tons of Oxides of Nitrogen, and 63.4 tons of carbon monoxide (average throughout the year). Who knew that stuff in the air could be so heavy? The program disbursed $18,327,807 to consumers to make that clean air happen. That is a lot of money and that is just during one quarter.

California had 2,747401 smogs performed by 7666 smog techs during that same time period and the initial failure rate was 12.3%. That was 337,523 cars that failed on the first try during the first 3 months of the year! Ouch.

Maintaining your BMW or MINI can oftentimes mean the difference between passing or failing a smog test. We cannot say enough about taking your emission repairs to a licensed smog tech. That is the law. Unfortunately, we still see the wrong catalytic converters on cars, too. Bummer.

Find out more about the Consumer Assistance Program at

Keep it clean!

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