Brands affected include Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Volvo.
Millions of drivers in the UK could be owed up to £12,000 each thanks to a software code used to ‘cheat’ emissions tests.
Drivers in England or Wales with diesel cars or vans made between 2007 and 2018 could be affected.
According to MoneySavingExpert, law firms are trying to gather driver s of certain cars together to make big claims against vehicle manufacturers – though nothing is certain.
Lawyers say the brands affected are Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Volvo.
The issue is that many diesel cars were made with ‘defeat devices’, often in the form of software code, that cheated emissions tests, reports the Mirror.
These tests have to be passed in many countries before a car can be sold – and often the devices meant many vehicles were actually more harmful to the environment than advertised.
Now law firms say owners could be able to claim – if they can be found to have overpaid.
Who is affected?
Drivers who purchased vehicles that were more polluting than they were led to believe could be owed up to £12,000 each.
And experts suggest there could be 9.6million of them.
If one in three owners claim, and the cases are successful, the total payout could match the scale of the PPI scandal, which cost banks £38billion.
If your car or van had to be modified to meet the emissions rules, it could have lower fuel efficiency, worse performance or a lower value.
More than a dozen legal firms are competing to attract drivers, including Leigh Day, Slater & Gordon and PGMBM.
All the car manufacturers completely deny the claims. Only cases affecting Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Seat Skoda and Volkswagen have gone to court so far.
If you think you have a genuine claim, have a look on MoneySavingExpert to see which law firm could handle your case.
From there, visit the law firm’s website to see if you have a qualifying vehicle by entering your number plate.
If you qualify, you will be told what to do to be part of a mass claim.
It is free to join such a claim, but law firms will take up to 50% of any cash you win as a fee.
Most of the lawyers will let you cancel a claim within 14 days with no fee. After that date there could be a cancellation fee.
If you lose the case you should pay nothing, as law firms have insurance to cover them for the costs of failed court action.
However, there is a small chance you could pay a slice of these costs if the case fails and the insurance doesn’t pay out.