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Money Experts Suggests You Could Be Owed Dieselgate Compensation – Here’s How

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If you’ve ever owned a diesel vehicle, then it’s likely that you’re familiar with the term ‘Dieselgate’. This widespread scandal that affected millions of diesel car owners first emerged in 2015 when it was discovered that Volkswagen and other car manufacturers had deliberately fitted their vehicles with ‘cheat devices’ to manipulate emissions tests.

As a result, many diesel drivers have been left with cars worth much less than they initially paid. However, there is some good news – if you’ve been affected by Dieselgate, you could be entitled to compensation through a diesel claim

What Is Dieselgate?

Dieselgate, or the ‘diesel emissions cheating scandal’ as it’s often referred to, is a term used to describe the revelation that several car manufacturers, including Volkswagen, had cheated on emissions tests by using illegal defeat devices. These devices mask the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that vehicles produce under testing conditions, artificially reducing emissions.

The revelation of Dieselgate led to a widespread loss of trust in the diesel industry and a subsequent drop in the value of diesel cars. The scandal affected millions of diesel owners, not just in the UK but across the globe, as it raised questions over the environmental impact of diesel vehicles and the viability of diesel as a fuel source. 

Environmental Impact of Diesel Cars

The Dieselgate scandal also raised concerns about the environmental impact of diesel cars. Diesel cars emit more harmful pollutants than petrol cars, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). These pollutants can cause respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, and premature death.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 4.2 million premature deaths per year are attributable to outdoor air pollution, with most of them occurring in low- and middle-income countries. In the UK, air pollution is responsible for around 40,000 premature deaths per year, with nitrogen oxides and particulate matter being the main culprits. In response to the Dieselgate scandal, several European cities have banned or restricted diesel cars from their city centres, including Paris, Madrid, and Athens. 

What Are the Legal Rights of Diesel Drivers?

Fighting for Dieselgate compensation is a legal matter, meaning diesel drivers can rely on their legal rights.

Firstly, diesel drivers have the right to bring a claim against the car manufacturer for breach of contract and product liability, citing the misrepresentation of their vehicles’ compliance. This claim can cover repairs, replacement, or a refund for their vehicle and damages incurred due to the issues.

Secondly, diesel vehicle owners could join a collective action where several claimants bring their lawsuits against the car makers. This strategy can lower the financial burden of legal fees and maximise the chance of a successful claim.

So, How Can You Claim Compensation?

Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis’ popular finance website, has identified the cars that could potentially entitle hundreds of thousands of drivers to compensation concerning the Dieselgate scandal. Money Saving Expert has shed light on multiple group legal claims surrounding the use of defeat devices in diesel vehicles, which date back to 2015. Numerous lawsuits are being pursued against prominent car manufacturers, with recent headlines about Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Renault emission claims.

Money Saving Expert has stated that individuals may still be eligible to join a group legal claim if they were either the registered keeper or owner of a diesel car or van in England or Wales between 2007 and 2018. This includes those who owned the vehicle outright or purchased it through financing, regardless of whether they still possess it.

According to Money Saving Expert, there are several situations in which you may be entitled to a refund, including:

  1. You would not have purchased the vehicle if you were unaware of any alleged emissions flaws.
  2. If you paid more for the vehicle than you normally would.
  3. If your car or van required repairs to meet emissions standards, these repairs decreased fuel efficiency or performance.

Affected vehicles may come from the following automakers:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • Citroen
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • Hyundai
  • Jaguar
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Mini
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • Peugeot
  • Porsche
  • Renault
  • Seat
  • Skoda
  • Vauxhall
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo

What Do I Need to Know before Starting My Diesel Claim?

Be aware that you may be responsible for legal costs if you decide to pursue a claim and withdraw within the first 14 days. The extent of these costs depends on the progress of the legal process. It is important to note that cases of this nature can take several years to go through the court system.


When considering signing up with a firm, it is crucial that you only choose one firm for your specific vehicle and do so when you truly believe you have a strong case. It’s also worth noting that not all diesel drivers will be eligible for compensation, so it’s important to check whether you’re entitled to claim proceedings. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, you could receive a payout of thousands of pounds. You can assess your eligibility by visiting


Kokou Adzo is the editor and author of He is passionate about business and tech, and brings you the latest Startup news and information. He graduated from university of Siena (Italy) and Rennes (France) in Communications and Political Science with a Master's Degree. He manages the editorial operations at

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