27 June 2018
Volkswagen Q&A – The Latest on the VW Emissions Action
On Friday 22 June, Slater and Gordon held a question and answer session with group litigation lawyer David Barda for our audience to get further information on the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
This also offered our audience the opportunity to ask their own questions and have David share further information outside of our frequently asked questions.
Question One from Slater and Gordon
Our first question comes from Neil, who asks: What are you doing about the VW’s who have engines greater than 2 litres, specifically the 3.0 VW Touareg?
Answer One from David Barda
Unfortunately, this case only applies to the 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0 litre engines. As far as we know, the 3 litre engines did not have the cheating software installed. So if you have a 3.0 VW Touareg you are not able to join the claim.
Question Two from Slater and Gordon
Our second question comes from Russ, who asks: What the estimated time scale for the action? I’m about to sell my VW and would like to put any compensation towards the next car.
Answer Two from David Barda
We have a hearing in November where the Court will decide the timetable for the case but it is likely to be at least 18 months from then, unless VW decide to settle of course!
Question Three from Slater and Gordon
Our third question comes from Stephen, who asks: I contacted the dealership where I purchased my VW and requested a copy of the original sales invoice, but was told that they “didn’t hold records that long.” Will this affect my case?
Answer Three from David Barda
You can still join the claim and provide the best information you can. If you have a bank statement or some other evidence that you bought the car that would help. Jump online and fill out the online questionnaire and if you have any trouble someone from our team can help you out.
Question Four from Slater and Gordon
We frequently hear from our audience: Do I need to have the fix carried out? Will this compromise my claim?
Answer Four from David Barda
No, there is no obligation to have the fix and it is entirely up to you whether you want to get it or not. VW have said that your car will still be roadworthy if you do not have the fix.
Question Five from Slater and Gordon
Many may want to know: What’s the status of the case now, and what happens next?
Answer Five from David Barda
We have filed our case and are waiting for VW’s defence which will be filed next month. The next hearing is in November where the Court will decide what else needs to be done before the case goes to trial. The deadline for you to join the claim is 26 October 2018.
Question Six from Slater Gordon
Our next question is one frequently asked by our audience: Is there an upfront cost? And if not, what will it cost me if the case is lost? #SGVWChat
Answer Six from David Barda
There is no upfront cost. It is ‘no-win, no fee’, so if we lose you pay nothing and our insurance covers the other side’s costs. If you win, the fees are capped at around than 30% of your winnings.
Question Seven from Slater and Gordon
Our last question for the day: I’ve signed up but haven’t heard anything. What should I do?
Answer Seven from David Barda
If you have signed up and completed the online questionnaire then you can sit back and relax. Updates will be posted to the VW Emissions Portal form time to time. If you are having trouble with the questionnaire, let us know and someone in our team can help you.
If you have any further questions for our team, and for the latest updates, please join our VW Emissions Action group on Facebook. If you’ve not yet joined the claim against Volkswagen, you can do so here.
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