Details about the Volkswagen 2.0 liter settlement
Volkswagen will provide up to $10 billion to owners and lessees of VW and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars that it claimed had low levels of harmful emissions, but did not. It’s the largest false advertising case in FTC history. Nearly 500,000 cars are affected.
If you think you're affected, visit VWCourtSettlement.com and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if your car qualifies and how much compensation you may get. The site also allows you to create an online account so that you can submit a claim once the settlement receives final approval. Questions? Call 1-844-98-CLAIM.
How do I calculate the amount I am eligible to receive?
To calculate your total amount from the FTC charts, follow these four steps:
Step 2: Find the basic amount for your vehicle.
Step 3: Add or subtract your vehicle's factory‐installed options.
Step 4: Add or subtract adjustments for mileage:
If after adding or subtracting your mileage adjustment, your vehicle’s modification amount is less than $5,100, it may be subject to an additional adjustment. See “Further Adjustment” at the end of the mileage tables. After calculating the “Further Adjustment,” you should receive a minimum of $5,100 for the modification. This adjustment also affects the buyback amount.
Steps 1-4 will give you the total amount you are eligible to receive under the settlement.
How did the FTC calculate the amount I am eligible to receive?
First, the FTC used the National Association of Auto Dealers Clean Retail value (before Volkswagen’s deception became public in September 2015) to calculate how much money people would need to replace their vehicle. The Clean Retail value is the amount a person would reasonably pay for a similar vehicle in good condition from a dealer. Then, the FTC added other losses, like the cost of shopping for a new car, sales taxes and registration, and the additional amount people paid for the “Clean Diesel” vehicle feature (clean emissions) that Volkswagen promised.
For more information about the FTC’s methodology, please see the FTC’s Statement in Support of the Settlement.
Why do I get a different number from the FTC charts than from the VW claims site?
The total amount from the FTC charts and the VW claims site is the same, but it is presented differently. Volkswagen divides the total into parts, with labels like “vehicle amount” and “additional restitution.” The FTC did not divide calculations this way. For example, after adding and subtracting the proper amounts for mileage and options, your buyback number from the FTC charts might be $14,000. The Volkswagen website may break that $14,000 into different parts, but the total will be $14,000.
Please remember that if you don't use the region where the vehicle was registered in September 2015, or incorrectly calculate your vehicle’s options or mileage adjustment, you will get a different amount than the Volkswagen claims website.
Do I use the region where I currently live?
You should use the region where the vehicle was registered in September 2015. If you have questions, you may contact the Volkswagen claims center at 1-844-98-CLAIM.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
If you have any questions about the amount you are eligible to receive, or about submitting a claim, you may call the Volkswagen claims center at 1-844-98-CLAIM. If you believe that your amount is incorrect, you also may file a complaint with the FTC.
Is anyone overseeing the settlement?
In addition to the FTC’s oversight of the settlement, the FTC is requiring that an independent monitor review claims to ensure that people receive the correct amount. The monitor will be reporting periodically to the Court about the processing of claims.