• Jun 18th 2009 at 7:06PM
  • 3
A few years ago, a little yellow sticker on your ride was worth about $4,000 on the used car market. These "Clean Air Vehicle" stickers allow clean cars with just one occupant into the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in California and can save some commuters up to two hours a day. Wow. If time is money, then what is the ability to speed along in the fast lane worth in 2009, especially since the state stopped handing the badges out a while ago?

Audatex, a company that tries to answer questions like this one, has come up with a figure for insurance companies trying to calculate the value of a damaged car: with a CAV sticker, a 2005 model Honda Civic hybrid is worth an extra $1,203; a 2006 model is worth an extra $1,509 if it sported the decal. Not a bad deal considering the stickers originally cost just $8. Of course, all 85,000 decals the state issued will expire on January 1, 2011, at which time their value drops to diddly squat. Another thing to consider: an owner who had a CAV-bearing car can now ask for a replacement sticker if that car was totaled. Read more in the Audatex PDF here (HOV story is on pages 12-13).

[Source: Audatex via Green Car Reports]

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Months Ago
      The value of the stickers on my Ranger EV (from LAX) has already dropped to diddly squat, since Washington state doesn't allow clean vehicles in HOV lanes without the proper number of occupants. And no, I can't peel them off the truck and sell them, the paint will come off with them,and I don't want that.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Or print your own.......who is really going to check?
      • 8 Months Ago
      The application for new Clean Air Vehicle stickers takes at least 3-8 weeks to get back to you when you have to get it replaced... $8 + time hopefully you'll get it before December 2010
    Share This Photo X