FAQs

Read some of our most frequently asked questions below. If there any questions we have not answered, get in touch. We are happy to help.

 

Has my car been affected by the dieselgate scandal?

We believe there are potentially millions of cars affected in the UK, with dozens of car manufacturers fitting defeat devices. If your diesel car was manufactured between 2009 and 2019, you may be eligible to join the claim.

You will have had to have bought or leased a new or second-hand diesel car that was made between 2009 and 2019.

Please visit one of our many individual manufacturer webpages to investigate whether your car might be affected.

 

What is the diesel emissions claim about?

Emissions.co.uk are acting for UK residents whose cars have been fitted with defeat devices by manufacturers. These defeat devices tricked emissions tests into thinking their emissions were lower than they actually were.

We believe this is wrong, as NOx released by their cars are harmful to our health and the environment. You may have also suffered financial damages as a result of the lie.

 

How do I register my interest?

To register your interest in claiming compensation for the emissions scandal, all you have to do is fill out our two-minute eligibility checker form. 

 

Why should I claim?

The main reason is that your car manufacturer lied to you about a very dangerous pollutant, NOx. We want to hold the massive car giants to account, and tell them that they cannot put profit above our health and the environment.

If successful, you will also receive compensation which could rise to thousands of pounds, depending on your individual case.

 

The Deadline for joining the Group Litigation for VW has passed – Can I still claim?

VW is a little further down the line than most manufacturers with their Group Litigation, and the deadline to join has now passed. This does not mean, however, that you cannot claim for compensation if you own a VW. A full VW trial is listed to take place after March 2022, and if the Group Litigation wins, it is possible you can file a claim afterwards.

Having said this, the statute of limitations indicates that you must bring forward a claim within six years. September 2015 was the first indication of the VW fault, so we would advise getting in touch before September 2021.

 

What happens if I lose my claim?

In the unlikely event you lose your emissions claim, you will have nothing to pay to emissions.co.uk. This is because we work on a No Win, No Fee basis.

 

What if the manufacturer applied a “fix” to my car?

This should not affect your claim. There are many reports of customers who have had this “fix” later finding their car’s performance suffered a rapid decline and their fuel consumption rose.

When you submit your claim using our online form, please let us know if your car was recalled and had a fix.

 

What losses might I have suffered?

Reports suggest that fuel economy could have been affected, meaning you likely paid out more money for fuel over a number of miles[1]. Damages may also include the diminution of the vehicle you own after the dieselgate scandal along with any compensation for your general grievance.

 

How much am I able to claim?

The amount you can claim will be dependent on a number of things. What make was the car? What was the model? How long did you own the car for? Have you sold the car since, and for how much? Having said this, many clients can expect to receive four figures.

 

I have sold my car – Can I still claim?

Yes, you can still claim emissions compensation if you have since sold your car. Though, the amount you can claim may be affected.

 

I owned more than one affected car – Can I claim for both?

Yes, you can claim for both. We recommend filling out our online form twice with both sets of vehicle details.

 

I bought my car on finance – Can I claim?

Yes, you can claim compensation if you bought your car on finance.

 

I leased my car – Can I claim?

Yes, you can claim compensation if you leased or currently lease the vehicle. 

 

Is there a deadline on claiming emissions compensation?

There is a statue of limitations that applies to this area of law of six years. This means that, generally, you will have six years to make a claim for compensation, from the date that the manufacturer has admitted to installing a defeat device.

We would advise anyone who believes they are entitled to claim to get in touch straight away to avoid any issues with missing deadlines.

 

How long will the claim take?

These sort of emission claims can sometimes be a little bit complicated, so it is difficult to put a timeframe on them. emissions.co.uk hope to have a positive result within the next two years. Once the car manufacturer admits liability, the claims should be much quicker.

 

How much will a claim cost?

You will only ever pay legal fees if your dieselgate claim is successful. If you are unsuccessful, you will have nothing to pay us.

Our fees will be taken out of your damages that you receive. The amount will be dependent on each case.

 

Will I need to provide evidence?

It is important you try and gather as much evidence as possible. This includes the receipt of purchase for your car, the registration number, the mileage if possible, and any record of the sale of your car if you then sold it on.

 

Will I need to go to court?

It is extremely unlikely you will need to court. Sometimes, a judge will ask for a few test case samples to then rule on a larger number of cases. If your case gets chosen, you may need to give evidence in court, but we will talk you through this step-by-step.

 

Are there other claims going on at the minute?

Yes, a Group Litigation Order is currently being heard the High Court for the VW dieselgate scandal. Last year, a judge determined that Volkswagen did indeed install defeat devices into their cars. VW appealed this decision, which was rejected by the Court of Appeal.

The case is still ongoing and could open the floodgates for similar claims. A landmark final ruling on this litigation is due before the end of 2022.

Many other manufacturers will follow suit, emissions.co.uk believe.

 

I no longer own the vehicle – Can I still claim?

Yes, you can still claim if you no longer own your affected vehicle. You will still need to provide evidence that your vehicle was affected, however.

 

What is a VIN?

A VIN is a 17-digit identification number, which starts with a three-letter code. We may ask you for this identification number before proceeding, in order to understand exactly what the car is. You should be able to find your VIN in various locations on your car, such as the driver’s side door jam, under the windshield on the driver’s side, near the firewall of the vehicle, or on the steering column.

If you have sold your car since and cannot obtain this VIN, do not worry, we can still help you.

 

Does this apply to petrol or diesel vehicles?

In most instances, people can only claim compensation for diesel vehicles. We are, however, investigating a claim for Nissan petrol vehicles. 

 

[1] https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/autocar-test-shows-worse-economy-after-volkswagen-diesel-fix