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Diesel Claim

Enter your vehicle registration to check if you’re eligible for a diesel claim.


Check if your vehicle was affected by the ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a diesel claim?

You can join a diesel emissions claim if you’ve owned a diesel vehicle that was affected by the ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal that involved vehicle manufacturers fitting ‘defeat devices’ with the aim of recording lower emissions during tests.

What manufacturers are eligible for a diesel claim?

The follow vehicle manufacturers have vehicles which are eligible for a diesel emissions claim:

Audi, Citroen, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Vauxhall, Mercedes, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini, VW & Volvo.

How do I check if my vehicle is affected by the emissions scandal?

Enter your vehicle registration to check if your vehicle could be eligible for a diesel claim. Potentially affected vehicles will be highlighted with a warning message.

You can then join a claim with a relevant law firm who will ask for further details to confirm if you vehicle was affected.

How much compensation will I get for a diesel claim?

The amount of compensation received will vary and the law firm claiming will provide more information about this.

You could be due money back as the vehicle may have potentially been mis-sold to you, for example, if you paid more than you would have or if any fixes provided by the manufacturers resulted in lower performance or fuel efficiency that advertised.

Can I join a diesel claim if I no longer own the vehicle?

You can join a claim if you previously owned an affected vehicle even if you have already sold it, if you believe you have been mis-sold.

You may have decided against purchasing the vehicle if you knew that it had a defeat device installed, or you could have ended up selling the vehicle for less.

How long will it take to get compensation?

You will need to discuss with your legal adviser to find out how long it will take for your claim to processed.

In many cases, it could take a number of years before the claims make it to court or reach a settlement.

How much does it cost to file a diesel claim?

Many law firms will allow you to join a claim on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis, so it won’t usually cost you anything to join a claim.

It’s important to discuss any potential risks with your legal adviser to ensure you won’t be liable for any legal costs in the event that a court finds in favour of the vehicle manufacturer.

Diesel Emissions Scandal

The ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal began in 2015 when it was discovered that Volkswagen had programmed some vehicles to intentionally reduce emissions under test conditions in order to meet legal requirements. Affected vehicles may have released up to 40x the amount of nitrogen oxides that were released during testing. Volkswagen alone had used this software in over 10 million vehicles worldwide.

This scandal resulted in other manufacturers being checked and it was found that many diesel vehicles from other manufacturers also exceeded the legal limits for emissions in real world conditions.

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Diesel Defeat Devices

Many manufacturers fitted ‘defeat devices’ in their vehicles in order to pass emissions tests. These devices allowed vehicles to pass checks when being tested, however when driving on the road, the emissions produced by the vehicle would be higher than allowed.

Software in the vehicle was able to detect when it was being tested and reduce emissions to an acceptable level. When driving on the road, the software was able to increase performance despite this resulting in illegal levels of emissions.

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