What Volkswagen TDI owners need to know about the settlement

Posted By on June 28, 2016


As Volkswagen prepares to dole out $15 BILLION in a diesel emissions settlement for their cheating, here is what VW TDI owners need to know (Source: Yahoo Finance):

Who can file a claim?

Owners of certain Volkswagen and Audi cars with 2.0 liter diesel engines from model years 2009-2015 are eligible under the settlement. The deal covers the following models:

Volkswagen – Beetle, Beetle Convertible 2013-2015, Golf 2-Door 2010-2013, Golf 4-Door 2010-2015, Golf SportWagen 2015, Jetta 2009-2015, Jetta SportWagen 2009-2014, Passat 2012-2015

Audi – A3 2010-2013, 2015

What are the options?

Volkswagen will pay cash compensation of at least $5,100 to each owner. In addition, owners may opt for a buyback by Volkswagen or wait for VW to develop a fix that can win regulatory approval.

For cars whose owners sold them after the scandal hit, the cash payment will be divided between the previous and new owners.

Lessees will receive 10 percent of the car’s base value plus $1,529.005. They can have their leases terminated with no fee.

What is the buyback option?

Under the buyback option, owners who purchased vehicles before Sept. 18, 2015 will get the vehicle’s pre-scandal value, adjusted for options and mileage. The value will be determined based on the Clean Trade-In Value in the September 2015 edition of the NADA Used Car Guide.

What is the modification option?

Some owners may want Volkswagen to fix to their cars to make them compliant with environmental regulations. That fix may not be available until May 1, 2018, if at all. If no fix becomes available, those owners can then choose the buyback option. Owners choosing the fix will receive the same cash compensation as those who opted for the buyback.

How might the modification affect my vehicle’s performance?

The impact is not yet known. If and when a fix is approved by regulators, Volkswagen will send owners disclosures that will detail the effect on emissions levels, reliability, durability, fuel economy, noise vibration and harshness, vehicle performance, drivability and other vehicle attributes.

How soon must I decide what to do?

Owners do not need to choose between a buyback or a modification until they are notified whether a fix is available. Regardless of which option is chosen, owners must submit a claim to www.VWCourtSettlement.com by Sept 1, 2018. Owners may begin submitting information to Volkswagen on July 26, 2016.

How soon will I be compensated?

The earliest will be October 2016. Similarly, Volkswagen will begin buybacks no earlier than October 2016.

Does the settlement address 3.0 liter engine cars?

No. A settlement to address some 80,000 3.0 liter vehicles sold by Volkswagen in the United States is still pending.

What if I am not sure whether the settlement covers me?

You can go to www.VWClassSettlement.com or call 1-844-98-CLAIM. You may also write VW Court Settlement, P.O. Box 214500, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

Why was there a lawsuit?

In the biggest scandal in its history, the German automaker admitted in September to outfitting its diesel cars with software to evade emissions tests. Those "defeat devices" allowed its 2.0 liter cars to emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution.



  • Thought this was a interesting read for those who just own a VW TDI as an appliance … not someone who “loves their car.”

    I love my VW, but I’m taking the cash and ditching the car.

    As part of Volkswagen’s agreement Tuesday to pay nearly $15 billion to settle claims from its diesel emissions trickery, owners are given two options: Sell their faulty cars back to the company at pre-scandal value or get them fixed for free. I’m selling the car.

    First, an admission: I am not a VW nut — nor am I much of a car guy. My wife and I bought our black 2010 Jetta SportWagen TDI based on how it looked and how much family we could pack in it (until this morning I didn’t know TDI stood for “turbocharged direct injection,” and I still don’t know what that really means). We wanted a station wagon instead of an SUV — for both nostalgic reasons and a general distaste for trucks — and used-car lots aren’t exactly spilling over with wagons these days. (Shockingly, nobody makes them anymore. Sigh.) That it had a diesel engine was coincidental. We Googled what that meant, too — good mileage, less damage to the environment. Bonus! We were getting our first car and going green.

    We drove off the lot nearly four years ago, and we’ve had zero complaints. The plan was to drive this VW until it broke — even after the diesel scandal. But now, given the company’s two options, we’d be crazy to keep it. According to the settlement, owners can elect to have Volkswagen buy back the car for a price reflecting the September 2015 value, right before the diesel story broke. For drivers taking the buyout, the company will also pay “additional compensation” of between $5,100 and nearly $10,000, depending on the vehicle. The combined payout for my 2010 model is $14,775 to $16,607, according to the agreement. I asked Phil LeBeau, CNBC’s veteran auto and airline industry reporter, if this was a good deal: “Hard to say, but it’s a hell of a lot better than most owners probably expected when this first came out.”

    Karl Brauer, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, thinks owners will also appreciate not “being forced down one pathway” by also having a second option, which is to wait to see if the EPA will approve an engine fix and then deciding whether to accept it. (This group will also receive the additional compensation of up to $10,000.) The modification, however, could reduce the engines’ performance and gas mileage, experts say. One colleague and happy Golf GTI owner said he couldn’t imagine what kind of “weird, cobbled-together plumbing” they’d have to use; he’s also planning to sell.

    It’s unclear how many people will fix their VWs instead of selling them back. Volkswagen set aside more than $10 billion, but the actual cost will depend on how many owners take the buyback. Experts say owners with newer models are more likely to wait for a fix, while those with older ones will probably take the deal. I’m in the older camp, with a car that’s seen its share of NYC dings, including a passenger-length gouge from scraping against the wall of a parking garage (my fault, sadly). I also have a second kid coming any day now, and our roomy SportWagen was already feeling tight with a second car seat. That makes the timing right to take the dough and shop for an SUV — and probably not a VW Tiguan.


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