Official Informational Website

Volkswagen/Audi Diesel
Emissions Settlement Program

Learn more about the Settlements and program to modify or buyback
certain Volkswagen or Audi diesel automobiles in the United States

About


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

 

 
Modification to your car to
improve emissions. Keep your car +
Cash (Modification must be approved by EPA and CARB)

Check My Eligibility & Access Online Portal

 Vehicle Look-Up

Enter a Vehicle Identification Number (“VIN”) to determine if a vehicle is included in the proposed Settlements.


A VIN is the unique identification number for a vehicle and contains 17 alphanumeric characters. It may be found on the state vehicle registration, vehicle insurance card or on the vehicle itself - either on the driver's side dashboard at the bottom of the windshield or on the driver's side door jam. The VIN will not include the letter 'i' or the letter 'o' but may include the number '1' or the number '0'.

Court Documents, Forms & Notices

Frequently Asked Questions

Which vehicles are included in the Settlements?

The following 2.0-liter TDI engine vehicles are included and may be eligible*:

*To be eligible, a vehicle must be Operable. Additional requirements regarding the vehicle’s title also apply.

VW Beetle
2013 - 2015

VW Beetle Convertible
2013 - 2015

VW Golf
2010 - 2015

VW Golf SportWagen
2015

VW Jetta
2009 - 2015

VW Jetta SportWagen
2009 - 2014

VW Passat
2012 - 2015

Audi A3
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 lose 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 emissions modification?

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 extended emissions warranty.


I am military serving overseas or government personnel on assignment overseas. Can I participate in the Settlements?

Yes, military serving overseas or government personnel on assignment overseas can participate in the Settlements, even if their vehicles are located overseas. To determine if you are eligible, please use the Eligibility section above. If eligible, you can also begin the online registration process through the Online Portal. For questions on how transactions will take place in your circumstances, contact Volkswagen at 844-98-CLAIM.


Why do I get a different dollar amount from this website than from the FTC charts?

The total amount you are eligible to receive under the FTC settlement and the Class Action settlement is the same. To calculate your total amount using the FTC charts, you have to select the appropriate region, add or subtract your vehicle’s options, and make any adjustments based on mileage. Note that there are three different mileage tables, depending on your vehicle model. The Online Portal does those calculations for you automatically, including any adjustments based on the mileage you enter. So the amount you receive through the Online Portal will be the same as a correctly calculated amount using the FTC charts. If you believe there is an error, please call us at 1-844-98-CLAIM.


Why isn’t my total buyback payment the “Buyback” amount from the FTC chart plus additional restitution?

The FTC charts provide your total amount for a buyback or for an approved emissions modification, subject to any adjustments for options and mileage. The Class Action Settlement divides this total amount into “vehicle value” and “restitution.” The FTC does not divide its total amount this way, but the overall dollar figure is the same. As long as you correctly calculate your amount using the FTC charts, this will provide you with your total buyback amount.

Note that to calculate your total amount, you will need to use two different charts. These are all found in the Court Documents section of this website under FTC Consent Order. To determine your total amount, start with Attachment 1A and then add or subtract any amounts for mileage adjustments from one of the following three attachments for your corresponding vehicle:

Attachment 2A (Golf), or Attachment 2B (Jetta, Beetle) or Attachment 2C (Passat, A3).

 Timeline

June 28

Settlement papers filed with Court

June 30

Court status conference

July 26

Preliminary approval court hearing

Fall 16

Anticipated roll out of Settlement Program (pending Court approval)