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A state program that takes polluting cars off the road has just completed its first year, and officials say it's been successful.

For the past year, the state Department of Consumer Affairs' Consumer Assistance Program has been buying cars that can't pass emissions tests. Some car owners get up to $1,000 for their clunkers, while others receive up to $500 for repairs.

To qualify for the program, a car must be drivable and the owner must meet certain income restrictions. In order to participate, a motorist must have a family income of no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four, that would amount to $32,653 per year.

The automobiles purchased by the state through the program are retired and sent to certified auto dismantlers.

For more information on the Consumer Assistance Program, click on the link icon below.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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