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Is My Jeep Grand Cherokee Eligible For CAP

1997 Jeep - Grand Cherokee Laredo. My question is: Does a vehicle need to be owned for a particular period of time to get approved for CAP repairs? The DMV is requiring a passing smog test pass in order to get my registration tags for my Jeep.

I am a low-income citizen, that just lost his job a few weeks ago. I have been in group housing for four months (which has been free through parole classes), but this ended on the 1st of this month and I am now homeless. I just recently bought this Jeep with my savings from most of my last job's income. I am now very near to being broke. Do I qualify for the CAP Program or do I need to have owned the vehicle for any certain length of time before the CAP Program applies to me? Thanks for your time... Sage.


Sorry to hear of your situation. Unfortunately the Consumer Assistance Repair program is not available for vehicle's undergoing a title transfer. We should point however, Section 24007 (b)(2) of the Vehicle Code states it is the responsibility of the seller to provide a valid smog certificate at the time of delivery of the vehicle. Therefore, per California law, the seller is responsible for making sure to provide you a passing smog certificate when selling their vehicle; even if a vehicle is bought as-is. The law does not recognize "as-is" where it applies to the smog check. Please note, this is not legal advise, simply an overlook on the matter from our experience.

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