$10 billion for consumers over VW’s false clean car claims

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Under a partial settlement filed today by the FTC, Volkswagen is agreeing to provide up to $10 billion to owners and lessees of VW and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars that it claimed had low levels of harmful emissions, but did not. It’s the largest false advertising case in FTC history. Nearly 500,000 cars are affected.

Under a related partial settlement with the US Department of Justice and California Attorney General, Volkswagen will spend an additional $4.7 billion to mitigate pollution and make investments that support increased use of zero-emissions vehicles. This partially resolves allegations by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act and the California Health and Safety Code.

Here are answers to some questions you may have if you own or lease an affected car.

What are the options?
 

Current Volkswagen or Audi 2.0 liter diesel vehicle owners and lessees can choose: a buyback of your car or early lease termination or if approved by EPA and CARB, a modification to your car to improve emissions and cash. Some former owners and lessees also are eligible to receive cash.

How can I find out if my car is covered?

Visit VWCourtSettlement.com. Enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if your car qualifies. In the future, VWCourtSettlement.com will allow you to check how much compensation you will receive and register for compensation.

How it works

What models and years are covered?

The settlement covers these models and years:

VW Beetle, 2013-2015. VW Golf, 2010-2015. VW Jetta, 2009-2015. VW Passat, 2012-2015. Audi A3, 2010-2013, 2015.

How much will I receive for a buyback of my car?

The amount you will receive for a buyback will depend on the particular model, year, body style, mileage, where you live, and certain options, like a power sunroof or navigation system. You will be compensated based on the value of the car at the time Volkswagen’s deception became public, as well as for the costs associated with purchasing a new car and Volkswagen’s deception. 

Right now, you can use these charts to estimate how much you will receive:

These factors also affect compensation:

When will EPA and CARB announce whether they have approved a modification?

First, Volkswagen must submit its proposed modifications for EPA and CARB to review. The earliest any modification could be approved would be Fall 2016, and it may be later than that.

Will I receive more information in the future about my options?

Yes. After the settlements are approved by the court, you will be mailed notifications from Volkswagen and the attorneys representing owners and lessees.

Where can I get more information?

The most comprehensive and up-to-date information will be at VWCourtSettlement.com. You also may call 844-98-CLAIM.

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So what if EPA and VW cant agree on a fix? Then I get nothing?

Is the buy back only for a new VW product? Or can I do the buy-back and get any car I want?

The settlement says that if you own a car that is covered by the settlement, you could choose to have VW buy back your car, or choose to keep your car and have VW modify the car and give you cash.

You can get more information at VWCourtSettlement.com (link is external).

The Buyback is giving you cash. Go spend it where you like.

Hi,

According to the nice graph above, if you do a buyback, it states that no " + cash" is given. But if you go to the VW websitementioned above ( vwcourtsettlement.com ) they state Buyback + Cash.

Do we know which one is correct as the settlement states otherwise but both websites for VW and Audit state the opposite/ as well as the news) Thanks in advance, Tim

Thanks for pointing out this discrepancy, and we're sorry for the confusion.

Because a buyback would be in cash, the FTC graphic says "a buyback of your car...," which means cash for you.

The related FTC press release has more details about how the buyback option works.

Just so I'm clear, the calculated "Buyback" from the charts does NOT include the additional "$5,100 - $10,000"?

Please go to VWCourtSettlement.com for the most comprehensive and current information, or call 844-98-CLAIM.

This is crap the 459 a month that I pay less ensuring the car plus the 921 taxes that they had Pay in the month of September for The year !! I am not even breaking even this is not restitution this is me ensuring their car because they know I don't want bad credit and continuing to make my payments that they should've taken over it's no way restitution

I'm in the same boat. Contacted one of the lawyers in the pamphlet that VeryWeak (VW) sent out and working with them

There was mention of a 30 day comment period, yet no indication of where to send comments.

The related FTC press release on FTC.gov has a great deal of information about the settlements, and links to additional documents. The press release says this about the comment period:

The provisions of the U.S./California settlement are contained in a proposed consent decree filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, as part of the ongoing multi-district litigation, and will be subject to public comment period of 30 days, which will be announced in the Federal Register in the coming days.

I OWN A A6 2.7 TDI CHASHEY NO VIN NO I LIVE IN NORTHERN IRELAND IS MY CAR QUALLIFY FOR COMPENSATION OR BUY BACK

To find out if your car is covered, visit VWCourtSettlement.com. Enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if your car qualifies.

You'll find more information will be at VWCourtSettlement.com. You also may call 844-98-CLAIM.

I AM LOOKING TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY AUDI

Complicated, but if I figured it right the settlements are reasonable.

When is the next piece of information regarding the impacted 3.0 liter vehicles?

The related FTC press release says that the settlements announced on June 28, 2016 do not resolve pending claims for civil penalties or any claims concerning 3.0 liter diesel vehicles.

Why didn't the FTC fight for the consumer and require that the beginning value for computing the vehicle buy back amount start at the Clean-Retail value rather than the Clean-Trade-In value? When we initially purchased our vehicles, we had to pay a built-in dealer's profit. Now due to VW's fraud, we, the consumers, will have to replace our vehicles and once again we will have to pay another built-in dealer's profit. The Clean-Retail value plus an additional amount for VW's fraud would have been a more just settlement for the consumers.

The amount you will receive for a buyback will depend on the particular model, year, body style, mileage, where you live, and certain options, like a power sunroof or navigation system.

You will be compensated based on the value of the car at the time Volkswagen’s deception became public, as well as for the costs associated with purchasing a new car and Volkswagen’s deception.

There are more details about the buyback option in the related FTC press release.

I agree, the value should be retail or private party, rather than the trade value. Personally, I normally sell vehicles rather than trade in, due to the decreased value between the two.

The proposed settlement is appropriate for owners/lessees who still have the vehicle. For owners who (for whatever reason) sold the vehicles since the scandal broke, the compensation is absolutely inadequate. These original owners suffered nearly all of the economic loss (depreciation) and impact of the scandal/fraud. They get only 50% the "Owner restitution" amount. For a 2014 Passat SE TDI, this is approx. $3,500 to original owner.

Meanwhile, the current owner (who bought the car with full knowledge of the scandal/fraud and the need for a modification to the vehicle) will be given a buyback offer that equals the vehicle value PRIOR to the scandal + 50% of the restitution value. Consider that this new owner bought the car at the sharply lower prices due to VW's fraud (the original owner took the hit on the depreciation). They would get approx. $8k beyond what they paid for the car. Why would this person who intentionally bought into the situation be given more than twice the compensation as the original owner?!

This aspect of the situation MUST be updated for it to be acceptable to the substantial number of people who were affected but sold their vehicle after Sep 2015.

I completely agree with Jables04. I had a 2011 Golf TDI with around 80k miles when I sold it to the dealer on 1/4/16, purely, because I was sick of it sitting in the street not being used and holding up my cash since I purchased a different car already. According to the chart I could have held on to it and sold it back for $17,027. Instead I sold it back for $7,700 to the dealer and now I have to split my restitution with the dealer for a measly $2,700. I should be getting and additional $6,600 to make up the difference. I called the vw settlement and all they could say is sorry. Never will I buy a vw again. Looks like I have to go hire a lawyer unless I miss understanding.

What happens if you buy a tdi today and the fix comes out and you lose a large amount of your mileage and power will they be forced to buy it back or are you stuck with it?

The most comprehensive and up-to-date information will be at VWCourtSettlement.com. You also may call 844-98-CLAIM and talk to someone.

As a recent (post deception) purchaser of an affected 2.0 TDI vehicle, am I due the same as an owner who had the car for a longer period of time? Is there a cut off date?

The most comprehensive and up-to-date information will be at VWCourtSettlement.com. You also may call 844-98-CLAIM and talk to someone.

The cut off date was Sept 2015.

Why is the buyback amount for 2015 models estimated? When will we know an official figure on that?

The most comprehensive and up-to-date information will be at VWCourtSettlement.com. You also may call 844-98-CLAIM and talk to someone.

Is this taxable?

Your tax advisor should be able to answer that.

The executive summary of the settlement agreement states "Because a car may have more than one owner during the relevant period, for those cars that changed hands after September 18, 2015 and during the claims period, the settlement equitably divides the Owner Restitution Payment approximately 50/50 between the owner as of September 18, 2015 who later sold the car ('Eligible Seller') and the current owner ('Eligible Owner')."

Why does the FTC believe it is appropriate to make those original owners from pre-September 2015 who were affected by the fraud, but then sold their car after the fraud became public, share the compensation they should receive with the new owner?

How is it possibly equitable that the new owners (who bought the vehicles post-September 2015, when the emissions fraud was public knowledge) are given equal or greater compensation than that provided to the owners who were deceived?

How does the FTC intend to address this?

I'm not sure which agreement you're referring to. You'll find the full consent decree and FTC proposed order linked to the FTC press release.

The FTC press release says, in part: The provisions of the U.S./California settlement are contained in a proposed consent decree filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, as part of the ongoing multi-district litigation, and will be subject to public comment period of 30 days, which will be announced in the Federal Register in the coming days.

The executive summary of the settlement agreement, to which I was referring, is posted at the official settlement site. Here is the link:

.vwcourtsettlement.com

My lease on my 2013 TDI beetle is up in 6 weeks. Based on the information and charts you have provided, I have an estimated buy back of $5229. I assume that I need to wait until the July 26 final approval to have VW buy back my car. I can't wait until after my lease expires, because my lease will be over and I have to hand back the car. No one at my local dealer can answer my questions. I have a few dings on the car - does the clean trade in mean that I don't need to get those fixed, but only if I return it AFTER July 26? thank you for your response. I've read over the VW statement, and it does not address folks at the end of their leases. I don't want to end up being one of those "former owners, lessees" who only end up getting a percentage amount, as I have had my car for 3 years and leased it based on their false statement I was getting a clean diesel.

The most comprehensive and up-to-date information will be at VWCourtSettlement.com. You also may call 844-98-CLAIM.

If the car suffered a mechanical breakdown post 2015 does that affect its value? Must the car be in running order to qualify for the buyback?

You'll get the most comprehensive and up-to-date information at VWCourtSettlement.com. You also may call 844-98-CLAIM.

Are VW vehicles with a rebuilt title included in the buyback and/or repair settlement? I already entered my VIN into the www.vwcourtsettlement      it says the vehicle is included, but there are no charts to determine the value of "rebuilt title" vehicles, only mileage adjustment charts. I called VW multiple times, can't get a straight answer.

Can anyone answer the Rebuilt title issue please?

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Hi, What if my car was in an accident after the announcement of the settlement and is not fixable. Will I still be compensated for its value as of September 2015? I've read they have to do buyback regardless of current condition. Thanks

what happened if you traded in your car to the vw dealer when the news broke of the cheating?

How was the mileage adjustment table calculated? Newer vehicles are hit with a higher mileage adjustment rate than older ones. It seems as though it should be opposite and newer vehicles should have lower adjustments.

You'll get the most comprehensive and up-to-date information at VWCourtSettlement.com. You also may call 844-98-CLAIM.

The website provides very little information.

Where and when I claim that my achievement until now I don't have received any of that price. To claim that item's thank you pls. Help me.

What about tax liability, is VW liable or is the owner?

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