While the first class action lawsuits are already underway in the USA, the auto company in Germany is less at risk. Legal steps are currently being examined, but it is more than questionable that VW will have to dig as deeply into its pockets in our country as it is likely to be in the USA. German drivers naturally have the right to rectification, but whether that alone will compensate for the damage incurred is more than questionable. VW really harmed everyone with the fraud: the drivers, themselves and the environment. What the end consumer can now expect is already broadly known. The fact that the VW exhaust gas scandal will draw wide circles is nothing new, but the previously known solution will probably not be able to fully satisfy any of the drivers.
What exactly is going to happen?
Part of the preparations have already started. The KBA has started a nationwide campaign to recall the affected vehicles. The recall affects all affected vehicles with diesel engines without exception. Due to the order of the KBA, the recall is not only mandatory for VW, but also for the owners. They must now go to the nearest VW authorized workshop (sic!) And make an appointment there as soon as possible. VW has assured that the owners will not incur any additional costs for the retrofitting and have promised to provide “replacement mobility”. What this looks like is currently not clear, but longer waiting times at the authorized workshop and increased demand for rental vehicles can be expected.
How will the retrofitting take place?
The conversion should not in itself be a major effort, provided it is carried out correctly. However, the owners should be careful and not run blindly to the workshop. Because due to its contractual obligations, it is VW’s sole responsibility to organize the recall campaign. Vehicle owners will get a little more mail in the future. In the letters there will be a fixed date when the car has to be in the workshop. Replacement dates are of course available, but depending on the size of the workshop, bottlenecks can certainly be expected here. However, it is not only the existing VW vehicles that are really tight, but rather through the brands affiliated with VW such as Skoda, Audi and Seat. The VW emissions scandal is also having an impact on these vehicles. The retrofitting of all vehicles delivered in Germany will probably take some time and will cost a lot of time.