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2000 Audi A4 needs new catalytic converter. I can't afford it!

I have a 2000 Audi A4 and was told by my mechanic that I need both catalytic converters replaced. The cost will be around $2,000. So in order to get my smog check passed and my registration completed (I paid for my registration but it is still incomplete until I pass the smog test) I will have to pay to get this repair fixed. I can't afford a $2,000 vehicle repair JUST to get my car registered. Is there any way around the smog requirement? I was told that if a car repair (in order to get smog passed) exceeded a certain dollar amount that the smog requirement on the vehicle would be waived... Is this accurate? Thank you so much for your help; any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


Unfortunately there is no limit on bringing your Audi A4 into smog check compliance. You may apply for the CAP (Consumer Repair Assistance) Program and get up to $500.00 dollars in FREE smog diagnosis and repairs. Obviously the $500.00 won't cover the cost of changing your Audi's CAT, however once what ever work can be done with the $500.00 i.e. initial baseline smog test, 2 hours of diagnosis, and possibly the replacement of the oxygen sensor/s, you then have the option of applying for...


Economic Hardship Extension: a low-income vehicle owner may be eligible for if they (or the CAP program) has spent at least $450.00 at a CAP authorized smog repair station and their vehicle is still failing the smog check. Eligible consumers will receive a two-year extension to complete necessary emissions-related repairs. The State of California will allow Income Eligible applicants the opportunity to register their vehicles through the DMV and receive registration tags/stickers for two consecutive years, and one time only.

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