How to Obtain Prepared for Your VW Payout

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Source:   —  August 26, 2016, at 2:55 PM

S. emissions standards. But many are having a modify of heart after learning how much VW will pay them to turn in their cars. San Diego resident Tag Holthoff, a manager for a community site for used-car enthusiasts called Klipnik.

Faithful owners of Volkswagen diesel cars understandably felt betrayed when they learned the German automaker had rigged the testing process to bypass U. S. emissions standards. But many are having a modify of heart after learning how much VW will pay them to turn in their cars.

San Diego resident Tag Holthoff, a manager for a community site for used-car enthusiasts called Klipnik. com, was disappointed when he saw the cost of his two thousand fourteen Volkswagen Golf TDI plummet thirty % after the "dieselgate" scandal broke in September two thousand fifteen. But Holthoff felt better after reading the terms of the proposed $14.7 billion settlement and determining that VW would pay him $26.000 for his hatchback. It nearly matched his purchase price of $27.000 — which meant that, "basically, we got a car for free for the latest three years," he says.

A host of federal and state agencies had sued VW, which has acknowledged fitting nearly 475.000 VW and Audi 2-liter diesel vehicles from the 2009-15 model years with defeat-device software to pass smog tests. Thanks to the settlement announced in June, people who bought or leased the affected vehicles are sorting through a complex set of tables and charts to discover out what they'll be paid — or waiting to look if a fix will be available to prevent excess release of pollutants.

VW is offering "a complicated package but it'south hugely comprehensive and allows for a lot of choice," says Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, an automotive research company. "There are many different routes, and people can figure out which is best for them."

SORTING THROUGH OPTIONS

The settlement received preliminary approval from a federal judge in late July and is expected to obtain the final OK in October — at which point the payouts could start nearly immediately. Current owners would face two options:

—Sell the car back to VW for its National Automobile Dealers Organization (NADA) value — the trade-in price for the car in spotless condition, adjusted for options and mileage — at the time the cheating was revealed, on Sept. eighteen, two thousand fifteen. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that the compensation could be between $12.500 and $44.000.

—Keep the diesel car and have it brought up to standards for free by a fix that VW is developing. However, it'south unknown what the fix will be, and how the car will carry out after that.

In either case, current owners (and some past owners) also would get a restitution payment of $5.100 to $9.800, depending on the car model and year. Drivers leasing the affected diesels could terminate their leases without penalty and get a restitution payment.

In automotive forums and conversations with VW TDI owners, many people seem inclined to get the buyback and turn in their vehicles.

"I loved my car, and if this hadn't happened I'd just hold driving it," says Ron Montoya, Edmunds. com senior consumer advice editor, who owns a two thousand ten VW Golf TDI. "But I can't pass up that much money."

HOW TO obtain READY

The first step for current owners is to discover out if they're eligible for the buyback and restitution, and what the terms will be, Brauer says. VW began notifying eligible owners in recent weeks, but if you haven't received your notice, you can start checking options by going to the VW settlement website.

To start the buyback process, register via VW'south claims portal, which automatically adjusts for options and mileage, and then totals the buyback offer. Recollect that none of the terms will be keep into motion until the settlement is approved.

Gather your car'south documents and set aside about a half-hour to work through the application process, Montoya says. Once you know the buyback figure, consider which replacement car you can purchase with the amount. Hold in mind that the settlement locks in the buyback price for two years (the deadline to submit a claim is Sept. one, two thousand eighteen).

Former VW and Audi diesel owners or lessees also may be eligible for some cash payments below the settlements (depending on when they sold their car or ended their lease) but the deadline for them to register is Sept. sixteen, two thousand sixteen, according to VW's website.

Not everyone is pleased with the settlement. Some grumble that they bought the car because they were high-mileage drivers, and loved its fuel economy. For them, the settlement falls brief because they declare they're being penalized for the excess mileage in the buyback value. Meanwhile, Consumer Reports is urging regulators to make better the settlement, with suggestions including higher buyback prices.

Montoya predicts that VW will proposal generous "loyalty" cash-back incentives on new cars to win back customers. He'south planning to purchase another VW Golf — but this time with a gasoline engine.

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This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet.

Email staff writer Philip Reed: preed@nerdwallet. com.

RELATED LINKS

Volkswagen/Audi diesel settlement website

https://www. vwcourtsettlement. com/en/

Volkswagen claims portal

https://claims. vwgoa. com/#/

NerdWallet: How to choose the right car

https://www. nerdwallet. com/blog/loans/pick-right-car/

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