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Diesel Emissions Claims

Have you been affected by the diesel emission scandal? If you owned a diesel vehicle between 2008-2018 your car may have had an emissions-altering defeat device installed in it. Find out if you are eligible to file a diesel emission claim today by using our free checker eligibility tool.

Each claim could be worth between 25-75% of the vehicle’s value, with millions already being paid out to UK residents. Don’t miss out on the potential emissions compensation you could be deserved.

Discover whether your car had a dangerous emissions cheat device installed now by using our free Diesel Emissions Checker below:

Our Current Live Diesel Emissions Claims

Do you believe that you are a victim of the Dieselgate Scandal? If so, the panel of emissions solicitors can assist. Find out today if your vehicle was affected by dieselgate and, if so, how you can claim compensation.

Read more below about the dieselgate scandal, which manufacturers are involved in diesel claims, and how to get started if you believe you have been affected.


What Are Diesel Emission Claims?

Diesel Emission Claims are brought by owners of diesel cars against their manufacturer after the potential discovery of “defeat devices” installed within their vehicles.

These emissions cheat devices were designed to detect when the vehicle was undergoing regulatory emissions testing and adjust its performance accordingly to produce fewer emissions than it would under regular driving conditions.

This deceptive practice meant that many UK diesel vehicles were emitting significantly more harmful pollutants, including nitrogen oxides (NOx), than advertised or than legal limits permitted.

The claim itself focusses on the financial impact that owners of these cars could have suffered, including potential reduced fuel efficiency and a depreciation in value.

A key question to ask is, would the owner of this car bought this vehicle had they known it had an emissions cheat device installed?

Our expert legal panel of diesel emissions solicitors believe that claimants can look to receive anywhere between 25%-75% of the value of the car back from manufacturers as emissions compensation.

How Much Compensation Can I Receive For My Diesel Emissions Claim?

While the exact figures can vary depending on numerous factors, here's a breakdown of what you might expect:

Factors Influencing Compensation

Manufacturer and Model: Different brands and models may have different levels of infringement and, therefore, different compensation amounts.

Purchase Price: Diesel emissions compensation may be calculated as a percentage of the vehicle's purchase price.

Financial Impact: The loss of value of the vehicle, additional fuel consumption post-fix, and any other financial losses incurred as a direct result of the emissions scandal can influence the compensation amount.

Our legal panel of diesel claim solicitors believe you could receive between 25%-75% of the vehicle’s value.

In addition to this, over £100m has already been claimed by diesel emission claimants in England and Wales.


Which Manufacturers Are Eligible For A Diesel Claim?        

Multiple car manufacturers have been accused of installing defeat devices into their vehicles between the years of 2008-2018. However, some investigations are more complex than others, with our panel needing more time to determine the right plan of action for the claim.

Having said this, we do currently have eight of the largest manufacturers open to claim against. These include:

Currently Accepting Claims Against:

Investigating – Not Currently Live

  • Alfa Romeo
  • Chrysler
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Iveco
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Plug-In Hybrids
  • Suzuki
  • Volvo



  • Audi
  • Volkswagen
  • SEAT
  • Skoda
  • Porsche


What Was The Dieselgate Scandal?                             

The "Dieselgate" scandal is one of the most significant controversies in the automotive world, shaking trust in some of the most respected vehicle manufacturers and sparking numerous global investigations. Here's an overview of the event:

Origins of the Scandal: In September 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused the Volkswagen Group of installing illegal software in their diesel engines. This software, termed a 'defeat device', could detect when a vehicle was being tested for emissions and alter its performance to meet regulatory standards.

Scale of the Issue: It was eventually revealed that around 11 million vehicles worldwide, across several of VW's brands (like Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, and Skoda), were equipped with this software. These vehicles emitted nitrogen oxide pollutants potentially up to 40 times above the U.S. allowable limit in real-world driving conditions.

Global Impact: Following the revelations in the U.S., it emerged that similar practices might have been adopted in other parts of the world. This led to wide-scale investigations across Europe and other regions, with several countries retesting vehicles from various manufacturers.

Financial and Legal Consequences: The fallout for Volkswagen was massive. The company faced billions of dollars in fines, vehicle buybacks, repairs, and legal fees. Executives resigned, and several employees faced criminal charges. Additionally, class-action lawsuits were initiated by affected vehicle owners worldwide.

Beyond Volkswagen: As investigations deepened, other vehicle manufacturers came under scrutiny for potentially similar practices or other discrepancies in their emissions data. Brands like Audi, Mercedes, BMW, and more faced investigations and allegations, expanding the scope of the scandal beyond just VW.

Impact on the Auto Industry: "Dieselgate" led to a broader re-evaluation of diesel technology in passenger vehicles, with several cities and countries considering or implementing bans on older diesel vehicles. Many manufacturers accelerated their investments in electric and hybrid technologies, foreseeing a diminished future for diesel in passenger cars.

Consumer Trust and Awareness: One of the lasting impacts of the scandal has been on consumer trust in vehicle manufacturers and a heightened awareness of environmental concerns related to transportation. It served as a reminder of the role of regulatory agencies and the importance of transparency in corporate conduct.

In essence, the "Dieselgate" scandal was a watershed moment, highlighting the lengths to which some corporations might go to circumvent regulations and the importance of vigilance and accountability in protecting public health and the environment.

You can read more about the dieselgate scandal here -

The Environmental Impact

Human Health

NOx contributes to various respiratory diseases, cancer, acid rain and smog. Pollution from cars is the biggest contributor to NOx in our air.

Premature Deaths

Air pollution is estimated to cause up to 36,000 premature deaths in the UK each year.

Child Deaths

The WHO estimated that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air.

Affect on Crops

High levels of nitrogen dioxide are harmful to vegetation - damaging foliage, decreasing growth or reducing crop yields.

What Are Defeat Devices?

Defeat devices are mechanisms or software in vehicles designed to manipulate emissions tests, making vehicles seem eco-friendly during official tests but not in regular use. Here's a quick overview:

Definition: Devices or software that detect emissions testing and alter the vehicle's performance to temporarily reduce emissions.

Origins: Popularised by the "Dieselgate" scandal, where Volkswagen diesel vehicles had software that detected emissions testing conditions.

Types: Ranging from software to physical mechanisms that adjust a vehicle's engine management system.

Regulations: Illegal in many countries, as they bypass crucial environmental and health standards.

Environmental Impact: These vehicles can emit harmful pollutants, like nitrogen oxides (NOx), well above legal limits, impacting air quality and health.

Penalties: Discovery can lead to heavy fines, recalls, and damage to the manufacturer's reputation.

What Is The Legal Part Of Emission Claims?

Our legal panel would look to potentially bring forward a claim on your behalf through a number of ways. These include:

  • Misrepresentation
  • Consumer Rights
  • Regulatory Violations
  • Financial Damages

They will do this via a Group Litigation Order (GLO). Due to the vast number of affected consumers, many claims are brought forward as group litigations, consolidating numerous individual claims into a collective lawsuit.

Our expert legal panel of emissions solicitors can provide more information on the claim.

How Do I Check If My Vehicle Is Affected By The Emissions Scandal?

You can discover whether your vehicle was affected by the emissions scandal by using our free-to-use diesel emissions claim checker. You can do this here:

Is The Diesel Emission Claim No Win, No Fee?

Yes, our diesel emissions legal panel bring forward their diesel claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.

This No Win, No Fee arrangement will be formalised through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is an agreement between you and your solicitor which stipulates that you won't have to pay unless your claim succeeds.

You will have to chance to review this agreement before you sign up to a claim.


How Can ClaimExperts Help With My Diesel Claim? have created a panel of solicitors who have vast experience with diesel emission claims. Their mission is to ensure that the car industry is greener, fairer and safer for all. They want to make sure that car manufacturers who have lied about their diesel emissions are held accountable.

In addition to this, our legal panel:

  • Are fully SRA-regulated
  • Work on a No Win, No Fee basis
  • No upfront payments
  • Provide updates throughout the case
  • Talk to you in clear, simple English

If you believe you have an eligible diesel compensation claim get in touch with our panel by completing our eligibility checker on our specific emissions-related partner site of


Our legal panel believes diesel vehicles manufactured between 2008-2018 could be eligible.

No, currently only diesel vehicles are eligible.

Deadlines will apply to different manufacturer claims. The Volkswagen claim, for example, is now finished. We recommend getting in touch with our legal panel as soon as possible to avoid missing out. 

This sort of Group Litigation action is unlike usual personal claims. This sort of claim can take months, if not years. The Volkswagen claim finished in 2022 after 4 years of litigation. We hope now that precedent has been set it could be much quicker than this. Our panel will keep you updated throughout the case.

Yes, you can claim for more than one affected vehicle. You will need to complete the enquiry form more than once.

Our legal panel bring their claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means there is no upfront cost. If the case is successful, you will pay the panel from the compensation you are awarded. This success fee varies, but can be up to 50%+VAT.

These claims are rather complex because we have to prove the employee has suffered a loss or made payments towards the vehicle. Our panel also need to ensure that the company who the claimant leased the vehicle from is not making a claim for the same vehicle, as we cannot have two claims being brought forward for the same time period and vehicle.

In short, if you can prove you have made a payment towards the company car or have any documents connecting your name to the vehicle reg/VIN, then our legal panel are willing to move forward with it. If you have no evidence they cannot do anything with it unfortunately.

We also encourage Fleet Vehicle owners to contact us directly to see how we can upload bulk vehicles all at once. Please contact

The vehicle in question must have been purchased in England or Wales.

Yes, you are able to claim whether your vehicle was bought new or second hand.

No, and we expect all manufacturers to deny wrongdoing and fight the case. Volkswagen denied wrongdoing and still compensated their customers.

A group litigation order (or GLO) is an order of a court in England and Wales, which permits a number of claims which relate to common issues to be managed collectively. provide comprehensive claim guides and help you connect with expert legal firms across the UK. We have built a legal panel that specialises in various claims, including diesel emissions claims. Once you provide your details we will pass you onto the most appropriate legal panel member, an SRA-regulated law firm, who will then handle the case.

Currently out legal panel are only accepting claims of those who bought their vehicle in England and Wales.

However, if you did buy your vehicle in England and Wales, you can currently live in Scotland and still claim.

Yes, if the vehicle in question meets all other criteria, you are able to claim for mobility vehicles.

No, unfortunately our legal panel do not take on claimants who have signed up with another solicitor.

Yes, over £100m has been claimed by claimants in England and Wales.

We understand that with the rise of fraudulent schemes and scams, many may be sceptical. However, diesel emission claims stem from a real, well-documented scandal that affected millions of car owners worldwide.

These claims have already been paid out in England and Wales, and our legal panel are all fully regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Yes, you have a 14-day cooling off period in which you can cancel your claim. Cancelation after this will be covered in the agreement you are given before you sign up.

You can verify your claim by using our free-to-use emissions claim checker. You can use this here.

Generally speaking, no. Navigating the diesel emission legal processes is intricate, requiring the insights of technical experts to determine the facts. Attempting to file a claim on your own could result in expenses that surpass any potential compensation. Additionally, there is the risk of being responsible for the opposing party's legal fees.

We are happy to provide more information on this point if you require it.

Yes, even if you no longer possess the vehicle, you may still be eligible to make a claim. The basis for the claim is tied to the ownership period when the alleged misconduct occurred. These dates are between 2008-2018.

Yes, you can claim if you bought your car with cash, financed the car, or had the car on lease. Our legal panel will simply require some kind of evidence of ownership between 2008-2018.

Our Panel's Diesel Claim Is Now Open

Over 100,000 UK Emissions claims have now been settled and paid out in the UK.

Over £100m has already been paid in compensation for Diesel Emission Claims in the UK. Our panel are currently accepting:

BMW, Citroen, Mini, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Vauxhall.

Start your claim today on our dedicated sister site,

Your Vehicle Not Eligible?

We may still be able to help you, even if your vehicle isn't eligible for a diesel emission claim. If you took out car finance for your vehicle, you may be eligible for a Mis-Sold PCP Claim.

If you have had a car finance agreement between 2014-2019 you may be eligible to claim thousands. Visit our sister website to find out more.

The FCA has found that commission was paid on 95% of UK car finance PCP agreements. If you were not informed about this commission or the finance deal wasn’t right for you, you could be owed thousands in mis-sold car finance compensation. 

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There may be a termination fee if you cancel your claim with a panel member after the cooling-off period. We are paid a referral fee by our panel members for a successful introduction. Fairweather Group Ltd will not charge you for our service.

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