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Can I cancel my lease with VW after the diesel scandal?

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  • texasestexases Posts: 8,976
    Oh, definitely not. And I think there's probably punitive damage here for the folks with the lease. I just don't see that they've been financially damaged. A buyer has, for sure.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Either way, the average consumer doesn't stand much chance of any meaningful recovery. If you have deep pockets, then yeah, maybe. But then you would likely wouldn't be driving a Passat TDI eh?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 137,966
    stever said:

    Either way, the average consumer doesn't stand much chance of any meaningful recovery. If you have deep pockets, then yeah, maybe. But then you would likely wouldn't be driving a Passat TDI eh?

    Well.. that was my point. :p

    Sure looks like VW is going to be on the hook for individual compensation, though whether a lessee could participate in that is doubtful. I'm sure that will be part of a settlement with the government, along with the massive multi-billion dollar fines.

    It amazes me the number of vehicles just sitting on back lots and distribution centers. The losses must be tremendous. If I were an owner, I'd worry more about how my car drives after the "fix", than anything else.

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    I'm really curious what kind of distinction the courts will make between owners and lessees when it does come to damages.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    My limited understanding is that you'd have to prove you were "aggrieved" or diminished in some way. Since you can't be aggrieved financially on a lease, I guess you'd have to claim----what?---loss of use perhaps, due to reluctance to "pollute"? Or loss of use if the car is to be laid up for extensive repairs/retrofitting?

    Seems to me leasees don't have a real strong case unless they are somehow given special consideration in a settlement agreement---that seems their best shot.

    I suppose you could aggressively petition the leasing institution to work out a deal for premature return--basically letting you off the hook for perhaps a turn-in fee.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Well, you lease a car for the temporary use and enjoyment of it. Now people are leaving nasty notes on your TDI's windshield and your 8 year old daughter just developed asthma.

    What say you Judge Judy? :p
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    She's say "OH COMOFFIT!"

    I think the best strategy for the moment is for the VW TDI owner to sit tight until VW works something out with the Feds.
  • carboy21carboy21 Posts: 760
    Solution for avoiding people leaving nasty notes on your car is to pry off the TDI sticker and put a eco-green sticker on the faded paint B)B)
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  • In 2014 I leased a Pssat Diesel it wasn't what the told me the performance was less than expected throttle lag was a problem in Jan 2015 I ask to be released from my lease they said the only way out was to pay the lease off I found another car and payed the remainder of the lease and turned the car in they told me that I turned the carn early before sept 18, 2015 and didn't qualify even though I would have had the car into 2016 I think this is a way to disqualify people from collecting what is owed them any suggestions thanks
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