3 Facts To Know For The Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Settlement Program

October 18th, 2016 by

Volkswagen has reached proposed settlements involving 2.0 litre Volkswagen diesel vehicles with various United States governmental agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. The Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement program is now on it’s way to being approved by a judge.

If the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement program is approved by a judge, the company will:

  • Buy back, terminate leases or provide approved emissions modifications for nearly 475,000 2.0-liter TDI diesel cars in the United States
  • Provide cash payments to owners/lessees
  • Pay for environmental remediation
  • Promote zero emissions vehicle technology

How does the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement program affect you?

1. Which Vehicles Are Affected By The Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Settlement Program?

The following 2.0 litre TDI engine vehicles may be eligible to be bought back, have their leases terminated, or be modified to improve emissions under the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement program:

  • Volkswagen Beetle, 2013-2015 models
  • Volkswagen Golf, 2010-2015 models
  • Volkswagen Jetta, 2009-2015 models
  • Volkswagen Passat, 2012-2015 models

You can discover for sure if your vehicle is involved in the proposed Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement program by looking up your vehicle identification number, or VIN. Navigate to the Volkswagen court settlement website, and enter your VIN about halfway down the page.

Your VIN may be found in a few places on your vehicle. It consists of 17 alphanumeric characters and is usually found on your vehicle registration, insurance card, or on the driver’s dashboard at the bottom of the windshield or in the driver’s side door jam.

2. What Kind Of Compensation Could I Receive?

Owners

If you owned one of the above vehicles, you are eligible to have Volkswagen buyback your car, as well as receive cash. Otherwise, you could have Volkswagen make modifications to your vehicle to improve the emissions, as well as receive cash.

Lessees

If you leased one of the above vehicles, you are eligible to have Volkswagen terminate your lease early and receive cash. Otherwise, you can have Volkswagen make modifications to your vehicle to improve the emissions, as well as receive cash.

3. Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Settlement Program Timeline

The judge will hold a preliminary approval hearing on July 26, 2016. If the judge grants preliminary approval, you will receive a notice in the mail announcing the specific terms of the settlements. You can opt-out of the settlement, object, or comment at that time.

After the notice period, the judge will hold a final approval hearing, where comments and objections from owners and lessees will be considered, along with other information.

The Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement program is expected to take effect in the fall of 2016, after the final approval hearing.

For further information, watch the official Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement program website.

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