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VW’s False Clean Car Claims $10 Billion for Consumers

VW’s False Clean Car Claims $10 Billion for Consumers

June 29, 2016

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, this comes under a partial settlement filed by the FTC. 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.

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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 Enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if your car qualifies. In the future, 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. 

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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 You also may call 844-98-CLAIM.

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