The problem with being the owner of a VW diesel is in the re-sale value. It is when you try to sell your car that the problems become obvious. Those buying a used VW diesel will likely get low-ball offers and realize a loss of re-sale value. By that time VW will say adios to your problems and be unsympathetic.
So what should VW diesel owners do today?
As an owner of a VW diesel you should contact a lawyer who is evaluating these claims, amassing as many claims as possible to deal with VW on a larger scale.
The Lombardi Law Firm is taking VW diesel owners claims.
VW's UK boss Paul Willis has confirmed the 1.2-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines will require a software fix, while vehicles with a 1.6-litre diesel will also need new injectors fitted.
While UK vehicles look to get by with software tweaks and injector swaps, vehicles in the US may be in need of physical changes to the catalytic converters and/or the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) AdBlue urea injection systems. VW's US boss, Michael Horn, admitted these changes may be needed to pass the strict US emissions tests. Horn also added that any fix will likely affect the performance of the cars, and that customer compensation is currently being looked into.
Here is what VW is saying about the resale value of your VW diesel.
Will the scandal affect the resale value of my car?
Early signs are that resales of VW cars have taken a small hit following the emissions scandal. Data from car trends experts Glass's showed that the resale value of used VW cars fell 0.2pc in September versus a 2.8pc rise in the wider market.
Drivers of the affected cars would be wise to keep some proof that the software has been corrected if they want to sell them in the future.
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