The VW Emissions Scandal – How This Could Affect You


Our expert lawyers here at Colemans-ctts, a trading style of Simpson Millar, are watching the unfolding Volkswagen (VW) scandal with keen interest.

The VW Emissions Scandal – How This Could Affect You

If you have been on Mars (perhaps looking for water) over the last few days and have missed the developments, essentially VW have admitted using software to manipulate the performance of certain diesel engines during emissions tests. The upshot of this is that these engines are churning out far more pollutants in real world conditions if the emissions tests had not been manipulated. Not only this, but if you have a VW diesel vehicle with this device, you were sold a product that is not what you were led to believe.

Does The Scandal Affect You?

The more we hear about the VW scandal or #VWGate as it has been termed, the more it appears to have taken place on a massive scale. It is now being reported that in the UK nearly 1.2 million vehicles which are affected have been sold, and this figure is around 11 million worldwide. These include vehicles under the VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda brand and VW commercial.

If you belong to any of the following categories, you may well have been personally affected by this worldwide scandal:

  • An owner of a VW, Audi, Seat or Skoda vehicle.
  • A dealer or otherwise involved in the motor trade and have had dealings with VW, Audi or Skoda vehicles.
  • A fleet owner or manager.

It's anticipated that owners of affected vehicles are going to find out very soon whether their vehicle is affected – so keep your eyes peeled.

Why Would People Consider Making Claims?

These vehicles are likely to have been marketed to you as complying with EU emissions standards, performing more efficiently and increasing fuel economy – when in reality this isn't the case. This could well bring about mass numbers of consumer claims from people upset that they've been mis-sold their vehicle. There are also concerns that the resale value of your car could be lowered by this revelation, and whether motorists will need to show proof that they have had the cheat software removed from the vehicle.

As a consumer, you may be able to be compensated for any loss of resale value, expenses of having the vehicle corrected, or loss of fuel economy. For now, our expert lawyers in the Dispute Resolution Team are exploring potential cases for breach of contract or misrepresentation and our Personal Injury Team are looking at the effect on those who have been exposed to the pollutants.

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