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1986 Saab 900 Turbo - Repairs over $500 & won't qualify for financial assistance

Due to the age and type of car I have - I am anticipating possibly not passing my smog test this year. It's also extremely difficult finding mechanics and can and will work on my car nowadays. What options do I have if my repairs exceed $500.00 (which is most likely going to be the case) and I do not qualify for financial assistance? I have heard something about a one year waiver in order to get the car repaired or replaced. Can you tell me anything about this?

I appreciate any assistance you can offer me. Thank you.


Unfortunately the only options you have (if you are not eligible for the CAP repair program because you're not low income), is to retire your Saab to the state for $1000.00 dollars (which you can do at any time and for any reason) or to repair it yourself and get it to pass smog. There is a one-time 2 year smog check exemption, but it only applies after either you or the state has spent at least $500.00 to try and repair your Saab, and it still fails. At that time you can apply for smog exemption. If approved you'll receive a one time smog check exemption, good for 2 years.

posted by SmogTips Support 02-28-2011 12:10 PM

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