Emissions Settlement Program
Learn more about the Settlements and program to modify or buyback
certain Volkswagen or Audi diesel automobiles in the United States
Visit the Official Informational Website here: https://www.vwcourtsettlement.com/en/
The TDI Settlement Website and Claims Portal has begun to accept Owner Document Submission. This is the next step in the process for the Buy Back portion of the settlement. Once Volkswagen has received requested documents they will be reviewed for accuracy and compliance with the request under the settlement guidelines.
To submit your claim please go to: https://claims.vwgoa.com/#/
You will need the following: VIN of affected car, miles, registration information and lien holder info (if applicable).
Volkswagen has reached proposed Settlements involving 2.0-liter Volkswagen and Audi diesel vehicles with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the California Attorney General, the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”), the Federal Trade Commission, and current vehicle owners/lessees and certain former vehicle owners/lessees in the United States.
If the proposed Settlements are approved by the Judge, then Volkswagen has agreed to:
- Buy back, terminate leases or provide approved emissions modifications for nearly 475,000 2.0-liter TDI diesel cars in the United States;
- Provide cash payments to owners/lessees;
- Pay for environmental remediation; and
- Promote zero emissions vehicle technology.
OWNERS & LESSEES CAN CHOOSE:
Buyback of your car (or
early lease termination) + Cash
improve emissions. Keep your car +
Cash (Modification must be approved by EPA and CARB)
Frequently Asked Questions
Which vehicles are included in the proposed Settlements?
The following 2.0-liter TDI engine vehicles are included and may be eligible:
2013 - 2015
2010 - 2015
2009 - 2015
2012 - 2015
2010 - 2013; 2015
What are the next steps?
Now that the Court has granted preliminary approval of the Settlements, owners and lessees will receive a notice by mail announcing the specific terms of the Settlements. The notice, which can be viewed here, provides current owners and lessees and some former owners and lessees information about their rights under the Settlements; how to exclude themselves, object, or comment on the Settlements; and other options available to them under the Settlements. Eligible individuals can now create an account online, which will allow them to evaluate their options if the Settlements receive final Court approval. After the notice period is over, the Court will hold another hearing to decide whether to grant final approval of the Settlements. At this final approval hearing (anticipated this Fall), the Court will consider comments on the Settlements.
When will the emissions modification be available?
Volkswagen is working on an emissions modification for each of the cars listed above. EPA and CARB will need to approve any emissions modification before this option becomes available.
What am I eligible to receive under the Settlements if they are approved?
If you currently own or lease an eligible vehicle, you have choices. You can opt to (1) have Volkswagen buy back your car if you currently own it, (2) terminate your lease without an early-termination penalty if you are currently leasing the car through Volkswagen Credit, Inc. or Audi Financial Services, or (3) if an Emissions Modification is approved for your car by EPA and CARB, have your car’s emissions system modified at no charge. Vehicles that receive an Approved Emissions Modification will also receive an extended warranty covering the emissions system of the eligible vehicle. All three of these options include a cash payment from VWGoA. In addition, certain former owners or lessees may be eligible for cash payments under the Settlements. Former owners must register by September 16, 2016 to claim benefits under the Settlements. If you are a former owner and don’t register by that date, you will lose your benefits. To determine if you may be eligible under the Settlements, and if so, what options may be available to you, please visit the Eligibility Check & Online Portal section of this website.
If I am a former owner or lessee, am I eligible to participate in the proposed Settlements?
To determine if you may be eligible under the Settlements, please visit the Eligibility Check & Online Portal section of this website. You will be asked a few questions to help you determine if you are eligible and the options that may be available to you.
When will I receive my benefits? I want to turn in/sell my vehicle now?
At this time, the Court has granted preliminary approval of the Settlements, but not final approval. The next steps include formal notice to individuals who may be eligible. After the notice period is complete, the Court will hold a final approval hearing, which will likely take place in Fall 2016. If the Settlements receive final approval from the Court, Buybacks, Lease Terminations and payments to eligible former owners and former lessees will begin shortly afterwards. Emissions modifications (if approved by the EPA and CARB) will begin shortly after the modifications are approved. To be eligible to participate and receive a Buyback, Lease Termination or Approved Emissions Modification under the Settlements, you must be the owner or lessee of an eligible vehicle at the time. If you owned an eligible vehicle on June 28, 2016 and sell, trade or otherwise transfer ownership of your vehicle before the Court grants final approval of the Settlements, you will lost your rights to any benefits under the Settlements.
When will an emissions modification be available for my vehicle?
Volkswagen is working on an emissions modification for each of the cars listed above. EPA and CARB will need to approve any emissions modification before this option becomes available. Affected owners and lessees will be notified by mail (and email if you register at VWCourtSettlement.com and elect to receive updates by email), when an emissions modification is approved by EPA and CARB. In addition, Approved Emissions Modifications will be posted to this website.
I used to own an eligible vehicle, but have sold it. Am I eligible to participate in the Settlements?
If you owned an eligible vehicle as of September 18, 2015 and sold it before June 28, 2016, you may be eligible to participate. If you fall into this category, you must register by September 16, 2016 to claim benefits under the Settlements. If you don’t register by that date, you will lose your benefits. To determine if you are eligible and register online, please visit the Eligibility & Online Portal section of this website.
I used to lease an eligible vehicle. Am I eligible to participate in the Settlements?
If you had an active lease of an eligible vehicle from Volkswagen Credit, Inc. or Audi Financial Services on September 18, 2015, you may be eligible to participate. To determine if you are eligible and register online, please visit the Eligibility & Online Portal section of this website.
I have additional questions. Where can I go to learn more?
If you have additional questions about the Settlements, you may read any of the Court Documents posted on this website, including the Long Form Notice. The Long Form Notice will also be mailed to individuals who may be eligible to receive benefits under the Settlements. You may also visit the FTC and Court websites. You may also call Volkswagen at 1-844-98-CLAIM.
Who is excluded from participating in the Class Action Settlement?
The following entities and individuals are excluded from the class:
- Owners who acquired ownership of their Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI vehicles after September 18, 2015, and transfer title before participating in the Settlements;
- Lessees of a Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI vehicle that is leased from a leasing company other than Volkswagen Credit, Inc. or Audi Financial Services;
- Owners whose Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI vehicle (1) could not be driven under the power of its own 2.0-liter TDI engine on June 28, 2016, or (2) had a branded title of assembled, dismantled, flood, junk, rebuilt, reconstructed, or salvage on September 18, 2015, and was acquired from a junkyard or salvage yard after September 18, 2015;
- Owners who sell or otherwise transfer ownership of their Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI vehicle between June 28, 2016 and September 16, 2016;
- Volkswagen’s officers, directors and employees and participants in Volkswagen’s internal lease program;
- Volkswagen’s affiliates and affiliates’ officers, directors and employees; their distributors and distributors’ officers, directors and employees; and Volkswagen dealers and Volkswagen dealers’ officers and directors;
- Judicial officers and their immediate family members and associated court staff assigned to this case; and
- All those otherwise in the class who or which timely and properly exclude themselves from the class as provided in the Class Action Settlement.
If I am excluded from the Class Action Settlement, can I still benefit from an emissions modification (if approved) and extended warranty on my vehicle?
Yes, all owners and lessees of included 2.0-liter TDI vehicles are eligible to have an emissions modification (if approved by the EPA and CARB) performed on their vehicle free of charge and will also receive an extended emissions warranty. Notice will be sent to all affected owners or lessees if an approved emissions modification is available for their vehicle. That notice will include information on what the modification involves, the impact (if any) that the modification will have on the vehicle and the terms of the extended emissions warranty. You will also be able to find information about any Approved Emissions Modifications on this website.
I recently bought an eligible vehicle. How can I tell if it has already received an emissionsmodification?
At this time, no emissions modifications for the vehicles included in the Settlements have been approved. Later this Fall, a look-up tool will be available through VW.com and AudiUSA.com where owners, and potential future owners, can enter a VIN and determine (1) if an emissions modification is approved for their vehicle, (2) if that modification has been completed on their vehicle, and (3) the terms of any applicable.
Customer questions should be directed to the TDI Settlement Support Team: HOURS OF OPERATION : MONDAY – SUNDAY 7AM – 11 PM Eastern