VW Offers Car Owners $1,000 in ‘Goodwill’ Amid Emissions Scandal

What's Hot

How to Cut the Cable TV Cord in 2017Family

8 Major Freebies and Discounts You Get With Amazon PrimeSave

Study: People Who Curse Are More HonestFamily

8 Creative Ways to Clear ClutterAround The House

15 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar StoreMore

Pay $2 and Get Unlimited Wendy’s Frosty Treats in 2017Family

5 Reasons to Shop for a Home in DecemberFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

Should You Donate to Wreaths Across America? A Lesson in Charitable GivingAround The House

6 Reasons Why Savers Are Sexier Than SpendersCredit & Debt

Resolutions 2017: Save More Money Using 5 Simple TricksCredit & Debt

10 Free Things That Used to Cost MoneyAround The House

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Make With Your KidsFamily

10 Simple Money Moves to Make Before the New YearFamily

The 3 Golden Rules of Lending to Friends and FamilyBorrow

The embattled carmaker is 'working to make things right' after its use of devices to cheat on U.S. emissions testing became public. Lawmakers call the measure "a fig leaf."

Less than two months after the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that Volkswagen equipped 482,000 of its vehicles sold in the United States with software that enabled them to cheat emissions inspections, the German automaker is “working to make things right” with some of its American customers.

VW is offering a goodwill package, which includes a $500 prepaid Visa card, $500 VW dealership card and three years of free 24-hour roadside assistance, to owners of its new and used 2-liter, four-cylinder diesel vehicles affected by the emissions cheating scandal. The same offer extends to owners of Audi vehicles affected by the scandal.

“We are working tirelessly to develop an approved remedy for affected vehicles,” Michael Horn, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said in a statement. “In the meantime, we are providing this Goodwill Package as a first step towards regaining our customers’ trust.”

The German automaker said customers who are eligible for and accept the $1,000 offering are not surrendering their right to sue VW or give up potential future compensation.

“There are no stipulations,” Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan confirmed in an email to USA Today.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts issued a joint statement describing the $1,000 package as “an insultingly inadequate amount – a fig leaf attempting to hide the true depths of Volkswagen’s deception.” The statement continued:

Volkswagen should offer every owner a buy-back option. The company should state clearly and unequivocally that every owner has the right to sue. It should offer every owner who wants to keep her car full compensation for the loss of resale value, fuel economy, and other damage caused by its purposeful deception. Volkswagen should cooperate fully with federal criminal and civil investigations that will provide redress for taxpayers as well [as] car owners – the company needs to get serious.

More than 11 million vehicles worldwide were purposefully fitted with so-called defeat devices that allowed the vehicles to cheat emissions regulations.

You can check on your eligibility and apply for the goodwill offer and by visiting VWDieselInfo.com.

What do you think of VW’s goodwill offer to consumers? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!


Read Next: Cheap Car Care That Pays Off Big Down the Road

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,910 more deals!