The fuel cost savings of a diesel vehicle can be huge for those who eat up highway miles. However, with Volkswagen’s voluntary stop sale of those vehicles implicated in the diesel emissions scandal, you may think you can’t buy one from a Volkswagen dealer.
You’d be wrong.
According to a source who spoke to TTAC under the condition of anonymity, Volkswagen dealers are still able to sell an affected diesel vehicle should it meet certain conditions: that it not be a “certified pre-owned” (CPO) or new vehicle, and that the buyer signs a disclaimer stating they understand the vehicle being purchased pollutes more than government compliance tests initially indicated.
According to another source who also spoke to TTAC under the condition of anonymity, some dealers are either not certifying vehicles that could be easily certified, or removing cars from CPO inventory in order to sell them, thus putting those illegally polluting diesels back on the road.
In the past, it’s been financially advantageous for dealers to take those units out of CPO inventory to sell them. A new buyback program, which we reported on yesterday, should keep certain first-generation EA189-powered cars from returning to service, but not all.
Representatives from Volkswagen Group of America have yet to confirm the buyback program. A representative from Volkswagen Canada was unavailable for comment.