VW emissions scandal

Thousands of British motorists are launching a lawsuit against Volkswagen (VW), Audi, Skoda and SEAT UK over the “dieselgate” emissions scandal.

In September 2015 VW admitted to using software to rig U.S. diesel emissions tests and said the software could be in up to 11 million vehicles worldwide, including tens of thousands of diesel Volkswagens, Audis, Skodas and SEATs in the UK. Consequently, VW agreed to retrofit affected vehicles in Europe with revised pollution control systems and updated engine software.

While VW has faced fines worth billions of dollars in the United States over the scandal, their European costs have been much lower. VW deny breaking any European laws mainly because of a loophole in EU legislation which gives car manufacturers greater flexibility with the implementation of emissions control systems.

The claim

Harcus Sinclair UK Limited is leading a claim on behalf of a group of affected British car owners. They specialise in bringing group action cases on behalf of large numbers of claimants who share the same essential complaint.

This particular case is a response to the VW defeat device and the impact that it has had on Volkswagen owners.

Who can claim?

You may be eligible to join this legal action if your car is manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT or Škoda and it is:
– a 1.2, 1.6, or 2.0 litre diesel vehicle
– made between 2008 and 2015, and
– you purchased, leased or acquired it (new or second hand) before 1st of January 2016

All of the following purchase methods are eligible:

  • Outright Cash Purchase
  • Personal Loan
  • Personal Contract Plan (‘PCP’)
  • Lease Purchase
  • Hire Purchase
  • Finance Lease
  • Contract Hire

What will it cost me?

There is no upfront cost for joining or participating in the group action. Should the claim be successful all participating claimants should receive 70% of the proportionate share of compensation.

How to join the claim

Further details ar available from the Harcus Sinclair website.