What is the Car Allowance Rebate System?
The CAR Allowance Rebate System (CARS) is a $1 billion government program that helps consumers buy or lease a more environmentally-friendly vehicle from a participating dealer when they trade in a less fuel-efficient car or truck. The program is designed to energize the economy; boost auto sales and put safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles on the nation's roadways.
Consumers will be able to take advantage of this program and receive a $3,500 or $4,500 discount from the car dealer when they trade in their old vehicle and purchase or lease a new one. Consumers you do not need to register anywhere or at anytime for this program. However, to find out eligibility requirements click here.
What is NHTSA doing to guard against fraud? Click here for more information. Allegations of fraud may be reported by calling our toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-424-9071.
Important Things to Know
Keep in mind that the ONLY official website for Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) rules is www.cars.gov and that website is operated by the NHTSA. The NHTSA website is the only official place to get rules that all car dealers will be using when you bring in your car for a trade-in.
Manufacturer rebates or incentives can be combined with your CARS credits
Links to dealers