The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) provides vehicle owners with hundreds of dollars towards repairs after failed emissions tests through the Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program (VVRP). ADEQ understands the financial strain that can come with having to repair a vehicle due to a failed emissions test. Vehicle owners are now able to use VVRP to get back on the road faster, saving money and reducing emissions. With cleaner burning engines, the public and environment benefit with better air quality.
If a vehicle fails to pass testing at an ADEQ Vehicle Emissions Inspection (VEI) Station, owners are immediately provided information about VVRP. Customer vehicles meeting program requirements and co-pay the first $150 toward repairs can receive up to $550 for gasoline vehicles and up to $1000 for heavy duty diesel vehicles to pass the test and get back on the road.
“After failing the test, I applied for the program and was able to repair my car for a fraction of what it would have cost me otherwise,” said Kamella, a VVRP customer in Phoenix. “I was even able to buy a new set of tires with the money I saved.”
If their vehicle qualifies for VVRP, owners can go from ‘failed it to nailed it’ by simply talking with a manager at the VEI Station to get the process started. Once a vehicle is accepted into the program, owners take it to a VVRP Approved Repair Facility, which have been identified to successfully repair vehicles to pass an emissions re-test at least 90 percent of the time.
“All costs for repairs, beyond the $150 copay, are billed directly back to ADEQ,” said Timothy Franquist, ADEQ Air Quality Director. “It was important that Arizona create a program which reduced out-of-pocket costs to the owners, encouraging them to move quickly to repair their vehicles and help us in our mission to improve air quality for all Arizonans.”
Visit azdeq.gov/CarHelp for more information.