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Nov 18

Could I be eligible for a diesel emission claim?

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If you purchased a diesel fuel car between the years of 2008 to 2017, you could be eligible for a diesel emission claim.

The scandal about diesel emissions broke in 2015 when it turned out that some of the most well-known car manufacturers were using a ‘cheat device’ which misrepresented how much CO2 and pollution was being emitted from their vehicles.

In reality, some diesel vehicles from the likes of VW, Mercedes and Seat were putting out 35 times the amount of emissions that they were allowed to do by law – and this has created a new market where motorists can claim compensation if they were affected.

 

Which car brands are eligible for a diesel emission claim?

Reports show that the diesel emission scandal has impacted around 500,000 motorists in the UK and their claims are worth a total in the region of £10.2 billion (Source: Forces Compare).

The biggest culprits are VW and Mercedes, whilst almost every other brand has been involved in some way, including but not limited to Seat, Skoda and Audi – which are partially owned by the same company.

Mercedes was required to recall more than 90,000 vehicles across England and Wales – and this refers to vehicles that have a 1.2, 1.6 or 2 litre engine and were made in the period of 2008 to 2015.

Why should I get a diesel emission claim?

“You should get a claim if you purchased a diesel vehicle from one of these manufacturers during 2008 to 2017, because essentially you were mis-sold a product,” explains Tom Gould of TechRound.

“For some people, they overpaid on their vehicle believing that it was a superior product, when in reality it was not. It was causing heavy pollution.”

“Some motorists paid good money to have their vehicles upgraded to be more emissions-friendly or ended up selling their cars and losing money. This may have been a small amount, but for more luxury vehicles and fleets of company cars, we are talking several thousands of pounds.”

How much could my claim be worth?

“Your claim could be worth anything from £100 to £10,000,” confirms Gould.

“There are several factors that come into play, from the value of the vehicle, the year it was purchased, the engine size and the amount you may have paid to correct the vehicle.”

“The claims are not necessarily being handed out, because the car brands are not admitting to any wrongdoing on their parts. But if you paid to upgrade your vehicle, made changes or sold it for far less than it was bought for, you have the right to claim it and it could be worth a few thousand pounds.”

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