An expert has revealed how drivers could earn thousands in free cash, all part of a £193million payout.
Anyone who owns a diesel vehicle that was sold between 2008 and 2019 may be able to get the money through a diesel emissions claim.
Although the Dieslegate scandal first broke out seven years ago, many Brits still seem unsure how to make a claim.
Motorists were first able to claim compensation in 2015 after Volkswagen was found to have installed “defeat devices” in their vehicles.
The software could detect when the vehicle was being tested and, if activated during the test, reduced emissions.
Outside of testing, however, emissions were up to 40 times higher.
The claims were upheld because the buyer had provided incorrect information about the emissions from the vehicle purchased, but also because the environment had been significantly damaged.
The Volkswagen Group eventually settled out of court with 91,000 plaintiffs and paid a total of £193m.
The claimants received an average payout of just over £2,100.
While many diesel emissions claims are still being investigated and compensation amounts have yet to be determined, the experts are on hand ClaimsExpert.co.uk say the settlement with Volkswagen provides a benchmark for future payouts.
Additionally, Mercedes recently agreed to pay US$2.2 billion (£1.68 billion) in US compensation and fines, with each individual owner receiving thousands of dollars in compensation.
The experts say there are many reasons why it’s important to make a claim, including protecting the environment, corporate responsibility, protecting your health, compensating for any damage you may have suffered and the detrimental effects on crops .
According to the European Environment Agency, air pollution remains the top environmental health risk in Europe.
The main emissions from diesel vehicles are nitrogen dioxide, which is associated with an estimated 64,000 premature deaths each year.
The manufacturers you can submit a potential diesel emissions claim to are: BMW, Chrysler, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Vauxhall, and Volvo.