Diesel Emission Claims Refunds

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Apply for a Diesel Car Emission Claim with Forces Compare

If you purchased a diesel car from Mercedes, BMW, Skoda, VW or Seat between 2007 and 2018, you could be eligible for a diesel emission claim, worth anything from a few hundred pounds to as much as £10,000.

The ‘dieselgate’ scandal broke in 2015 when it emerged that a number of brands had used a ‘defeat device’ to disguise how much emissions were being released from their vehicles. In some cases, the noxious emissions were 35 times their legal limit, causing a lot of pollution.

Whilst the car brands are reluctant to give discounts or admit any wrongdoing, you have the opportunity to make a claim for diesel emissions and receive a large lump sum as compensation. Currently, this is said to have impacted 500,000 vehicles in the UK and you could be eligible for compensation. 

You could be eligible for a refund if you purchased a diesel car between 2007 and 2018 and:

  • You wouldn’t have bought the car if you knew about the flaw
  • You paid more for the car than you should have
  • Your vehicle had to be fixed to meet emission standards

How to Make a Diesel Emission Claim in 3 Steps

Step 1: Click on ‘Start Your Claim’

Step 2: Submit your details for free with Forces Compare and we will format your claim in the most effective way possible for the car manufacturer to respond

Step 3: Await a response from the car brand and receive compensation up to £10,000 if successful

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An average £8,500 in compensation is estimated for each claimant in the case, with the action possibly totalling up to £10.2 billion across the nation. This would make it one of the biggest group actions ever seen in the UK.

Do You Offer No Win, No Fees Emissions Claims?

Yes, Forces Compare offers no win, no fee diesel emission claims, so we take your enquiry and process this for you, getting all the right documents and key points included to get a response from the car manufacturer (and hopefully a settlement) as quickly as possible.

We do not charge anything for applying or to make your claim, we simply take a small fee if your claim against a car manufacturer is successful.

Can I Make Diesel Emissions Claims on VW and Mercedes Vehicles?

The vehicles affected by the initial VW scandal include the following:

  • Volkswagen.
  • Audi.
  • Seat.
  • Skoda.

The vehicles affected also have (or previously had) a 1.2, 1.6 or 2 litre engine, and were made in the period of 2008 and 2015. While these are the vehicles that have been initially uncovered to hold this defeat device, it has recently been claimed that Mercedes has installed similar technology into a number of their diesel vehicles. Mercedes has been ordered to recall around 90,000 vehicles across England and Wales.

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Full list of brands you can claim from (source: MoneySavingExpert)

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Am I Eligible for a Mercedes Diesel Emissions Claims?

If you believe you’ve been affected by the scandal, you could be eligible to make a claim. While the deadline to join the VW lawsuit (including affected Audi, Seat and Skoda vehicles) has now passed, you can still make a claim on certain Mercedes vehicles.

For those who think their Mercedes vehicles may have been affected, you could be eligible to make a claim. The criteria includes:

  • The vehicle must have a diesel engine
  • The vehicle must have been purchased between the period of 2007 and 2018.
  • Purchased new or second hand is acceptable
  • The vehicle was acquired either via lease or purchased outright
  • OK if you no longer own the vehicle
  • You paid to have the vehicle fixed to comply with emissions standards

It’s estimated that in the UK alone, half a million vehicles could contain this defeat device technology and owners are potentially eligible to claim considerable amounts in compensation.

How Much Could I Get From Diesel Emission Claims Against Mercedes, VW or Audi?

You could receive compensation from £100 to £10,000 per vehicle, depending on your vehicle and the size of your claim. More expensive vehicles may be eligible for recovering larger amounts, or if you have had to pay for your car or van to be fixed to comply with emission standards, this will certainly help you recoup the largest sum. Other factors that might determine your claims value include whether the car was first-hand or second-hand and if you would not have bought the car knowing its emission flaws.

Certainly, if you have a fleet of vehicles or company cars, your potential claim could be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

When is the Deadline for Making a Diesel Emissions Claim?

While there is no currently set deadline in which those affected can join the claim, depending on the type of claim there may be “limitation” deadlines, meaning if you join the claim slightly later, you could risk losing the ability to claim back certain amounts, or in some cases all, of the compensation that may have otherwise been available to you.

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Diesel Emission Claims - FAQs

What is the Dieselgate Scandal?

The Dieselgate scandal, emerging in 2015, initially started after it was uncovered that a number of Volkswagen vehicles had cheated on emissions tests by using specialised technology to disguise the actual levels of pollutants they were emitting when on the road.

This was uncovered in the US by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who found that many diesel engine VW vehicles had a “defeat device” – this being software that could detect when it was being tested and alter its performance accordingly to yield better, fake, results.

The software was able to sense test-like scenarios through speed, air pressure, engine operation and steering wheel position, and would subsequently shift the vehicle into something of a safety mode, making the engine run below full power. This resulted in engines omitting up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide pollutants than the US’s regulatory limit.

How Much Could I Get From a Diesel Car Emission Refund?

You could receive anywhere between £100 to £10,000 through a diesel emission refund – depending on the value of the car, whether it was bought first-hand or second-hand and if you had to pay additional fees to make the vehicle comply with emissions standards. Certainly if you have multiple vehicles, company cars or a fleet of vehicles, your claim could be very sizeable. 

How Long Does it Take For a Diesel Emissions Claim To Go Through?

Forces Compare aims to get you a response from a car manufacturer within 4 weeks. In many cases, the car brand will try to settle your claim without having to go to court, so you could receive slightly less than the maximum figure. But some car emissions claims have been said to go on for up to 5 years, so getting a settlement within a few weeks is not such a terrible option.

Does it Matter if I Bought The Vehicle Outright or on Finance?

No, it does not matter if your vehicle was bought outright, on finance or if it is second-hand – your claim will still be eligible. 

Which Brands Can You Get a Diesel Emissions Claim For?

You can submit a diesel emission claim for VW, Mercedes, Skoda, Seat, Audi (most likely to be approved) and other brands including BMW, Porsche, KIA, Renault, Citroen, Jaguar, Ford, Mini, Land Rover, Volvo, Chrysler, Fiat and Hyundai.

What Are The Risks?

The potential risks are that your claim is not guaranteed and you could potentially go to court, but ultimately lose your case. If this transpires, you may be required to pay any court fees and legal fees to your solicitor. Forces Compare operates on a no win, no fee and we would not be liable for any legal fees you incur.

How Easy is it To Withdraw My Claims Application?

Yes, once officially submitting your claim, you have up to 14 days to withdraw and you will not be liable to pay any penalties or legal fees.