Drive a Volkswagen? You Might Be Entitled to $5,000

Volkswagen diesel scandal

Remember the Volkswagen diesel scandal?

The one where the company was caught cheating on diesel emissions tests last fall?

The German auto manufacturer has reached a deal with U.S. authorities, and it could be good news for more than 600,000 car owners in the U.S.

The settlement involves Volkswagen paying each affected customer $5,000, Reuters reports. The company also will be responsible for paying to fix affected vehicles, in addition to the payout.

VW will present the agreement to a judge Thursday to avoid a trial set to start this summer, Germany’s Die Welt newspaper reported.

No word yet as to how or when customers will claim their payment, but we’ll keep you updated as we learn more!

Which Cars are Affected?

The EPA has cited these diesel models for emissions violations in the scandal:

  • 2009–2015 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI
  • 2009–2015 Audi Q7 3.0L V-6 TDI
  • 2009–2016 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0L V-6 TDI
  • 2010–2015 Volkswagen Golf 2.0L TDI
  • 2010–2015 Audi A3 2.0L TDI
  • 2012–2015 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L TDI
  • 2012–2015 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L TDI
  • 2013–2016 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0L V-6
  • 2014–2016 Audi A6 3.0L V-6 TDI
  • 2014–2016 Audi A7 3.0L V-6 TDI
  • 2014–2016 Audi A8/A8L 3.0L V-6 TDI
  • 2014–2016 Audi Q5 3.0L V-6 TDI

Your Turn: Do you own a Volkswagen affected by Dieselgate?

Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post,, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).

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