Audi owners: check your VIN to Find out if you’ve been affected by ‘dieselgate’
06 October 2015
Are you driving a dodgy diesel? Owners of Volkswagen and Audi cars can now check if they are driving one of the famed ‘dieselgate’ models. Skoda and Seat owners will soon be able to do the same. We explain how to find out if your car is affected – and what your rights are.
1,189,906 cars – that’s how many models in the UK are affected by the ‘dieselgate’ scandal, according to Volkswagen Group.
The cars in question are spread over four of the VW Group’s main brands: Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat. Owners of affected cars should be contacted within the next few weeks.
However, if you want to find out if you should be getting a call, and what should happen next, we’ll tell you here.
How to check if your car is affected
The VIN number will be at the bottom left-hand-side of the windshield, or in your service book (the number shown in the picture is an example).
To find out if your car is one of the models affected, you’ll need your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). The VIN is a 17 character-string of letters and numbers. Here’s an example: WVWZZZ1JZXW000010.
You’ll find the VIN in one of two places. The most obvious will be at the bottom of the windshield, on the left hand side when looking at your car from the bonnet. The other place you can find the number is in the front of your vehicle’s service book. See our illustration of where you can find the number.
Now you have your VIN, you’ll need to go to the checker on the car brand’s own site:
UDATE: As of 6th October, Volkswagen and Audi owners can check their cars. VIN checkers for UK Skoda and Seat cars will be launching within a week, according to Volkswagen Group. We will update this story with the links as they appear.
I’m affected – what do I do? What are my rights?
Firstly, Volkswagen has set aside €6.5bn to deal with the cost of the scandal – you should not incur any charges.
Affected customers will be informed by the manufacturer (whether that’s Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat or Audi) that the emissions characteristics of their vehicles will need to be corrected.
If you find out, or suspect, that you own one of the affected cars, there is no legal requirement to stop driving it. The manufacturer has confirmed that all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy.
Don’t worry about rushing to the dealer, either. The manufacturer will contact you. However, if you happen to be due to take your car in for servicing, you should be told if the car is one of those affected.
Customers who own these vehicles will be kept informed by VW over the coming weeks and months – national websites will be set up to keep customers up to date on developments.
Arrangements will later be made concerning a refit, likely to be undertaken at a dealer convenient for you.
You should be given a courtesy car while any work is being carried out.
It’s important to remember that ignoring safety-related recalls can have an affect the value of your car – ensure that you follow the recall procedures promptly when they are announced by VW.