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Thousands of UK Skoda owners could have been affected by the emissions scandal which unfolded in 2015. The dieselgate scandal was centred around Volkswagen, but Skoda has been a fully owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group since 2000.
Skoda is a very popular car in the UK, driven by many taxi drivers and other workers where mileage can be high. If you are one of them, Claim Experts can help you claim compensation against Skoda for the mis-representation of their vehicle emissions.
Whilst the deadline to join the Group Action has passed this does not necessarily mean that you do not have a claim providing that you still fall within the limitation period.
The dieselgate scandal, as it is now known, began in September 2015. Volkswagen admitted that it had knowingly inserted cheat software in more than 11 million cars worldwide in order to cheat emissions tests. This meant that the tests would show much lower NOx emissions than would actually be present when used on the road.
Skoda is owned by the Volkswagen Group, and many of their cars have been affected. While no definitive emissions tests have yet taken place in the UK, researchers in the US found that when tested on the road, some cars emitted almost 40 times the permitted US levels of nitrogen oxides. The permitted levels do differ in the US and the UK.
Not only is this bad for the environment, it can potentially hurt the pockets of Skoda customers too. The fuel economy on the vehicles may have been greatly exaggerated, meaning those in high mileage industries, like taxis, were using a lot more fuel than they thought they would have based from the initial specifications.
The VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation relates to vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT or Skoda with a 1.2, 1.6 or 2.0 litre EA189 diesel engine, manufactured before 2016.
Other cars may be affected including, Porsche. Whilst no finding or decision has been made in respect of other vehicles such as Porsche, we are looking into them.
Skoda initially sent out letters if your car was affected. However, you may not have received this letter or bought your car on the secondary market since then.
There are currently two links which can help in this regard:
EA189 Service Action – How to check if your vehicle is affected
Software Issue Diesel Engines EA189
Claim Experts can also give you advice in regards to finding out if your vehicle has been affected and your next steps.
Claim Experts are asked this question regularly, and we believe there are five reasons:
The key reason is that a multinational company lied to its customers in order to make more profits. This meant that they sold a car that quite literally was not what was advertised, meaning your health and your pocket could have been affected.
Clients who have been affected may have suffered damages because of it. If they have a valid claim they may be able to make a claim for compensation.
There is no current guidance on the amount of compensation UK residents can receive for a VW emissions claim. We will keep clients updated in relation to High Court rulings on compensation.
Have you been affected by the Skoda emissions scandal? Do you want to make a claim for compensation against dieselgate? Whilst the deadline to join the Group Action has passed this does not necessarily mean that you do not have a claim providing that you still fall within the limitation period.
At Claim Experts, we have a team of expert litigation solicitors who come from a financial services and compliance background. We are also regulated and authorised by the Solicitors Regulation.
At ClaimExperts.co.uk we make claiming for compensation easy:
Claim Experts is a trading style of Smooth Commercial Law. Your enquiry will be handled by Claim Experts, but your emissions case may be passed on to another solicitor within our panel. Should you decide to proceed with your claim it is your responsibility to check the terms and conditions of the solicitor that contacts you, including the fee they charge which can be up to 50%, no win, no fee.