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Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
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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.

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Feb 06, 2016

    I think it is a hoax. Cannot be real.

  • Robert.Walter Robert.Walter on Feb 08, 2016

    Just prevent cars from being retitled and relicensed and see how quickly open recalls get fixed. For recalls that can't be immediately completed due to parts shortage, fine OEMs 250-1000 $/day. This should both motivate the OEMs to move and satisfy owners who can't sell their vehicles.

  • Dukeisduke It's in better shape than the '69 coupe that Mike Finnegan bought, that's in the latest episode of Roadkill.
  • Spookiness Friends have a new PHEV of this and like it a lot. It's an interesting dark green color.
  • Art Vandelay The Peter Puffing by Tassos and EBFlex isn't the only thing that's "hot" in these!
  • Art Vandelay That rust isn't terrible honestly. Floor pans commonly need some love on these and I have seen waaaay worse. Car looks complete and original. 65 fastback V8, he'll get that price.
  • Redapple2 Love that year fastback. Is the auto tran rubbish?