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No-win, no-fee vehicle emissions claims

You might have heard about the “dieselgate” scandal on TV.

By fitting unlawful defeat devices into their diesel vehicles, guilty manufacturers participated in the emission of illegally high levels of dangerous gases into the atmosphere. As well as the impact on the environment and human health, the affected vehicles are likely worth less than the drivers paid for them. Drivers may also have experienced higher fuel bills and maintenance costs.

We are holding car manufacturers to account for cheating the system, harming the environment, and lying to their customers. 

Eligibility Checker

If you own or lease a diesel vehicle (or have done in the past), use our quick online checker to see if you are eligible to claim.
 

If you owned or leased a diesel vehicle made by one of the following manufacturers, you could have a diesel emissions claim. Those affected may be entitled to thousands of pounds each.

If you purchased or leased a Volkswagen diesel vehicle between June 2008 and present day, you could have a claim. 

Our initial claim related only to VW cars with a 1.2l, 1.6l or 2.0l diesel engine. However, we have since discovered that newer VW engines could also have been ‘fixed’ to cheat emissions testing. This means that many more VW diesel vehicles could have been fitted with illegal emissions software than initially thought. Owners of these vehicles could now also have a claim, even if they have previously been told that they did not qualify.

VW diesel cars manufactured from 2008 with a 3.0l, 3.0l V6, 4.0l V8, 4.2l V8, EA897, or EA288 engine could all be affected, and Keller Lenkner UK has launched a second VW claim to help affected vehicle owners and lessors claim compensation.

If you purchased or leased a Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicle between 2008 and 2018, you could have a claim.

Includes Agila, Antara, Astra, Cascada, Combo, Corsa, Crossland, Insignia, Meriva, Mokka, Movano, Vivaro & Zafir vehicles.

If you purchased or leased a Vauxhall diesel vehicle between 2008 and 2019, you could have a claim.

If you purchased or leased an Audi diesel made between 2008 and present day, you could have a claim.

Our initial claim related only to Audi cars with a 1.2l, 1.6l or 2.0l diesel engine. However, we have since discovered that newer engines could also have been ‘fixed’ to cheat emissions testing. This means that many more Audi diesel vehicles could have been fitted with illegal emissions software than initially thought. Owners of these vehicles could now also have a claim, even if they have previously been told that they did not qualify.

Keller Lenkner UK has launched a second claim to help affected Audi vehicle owners and lessors claim compensation.

If you purchased or leased a diesel SEAT vehicle manufactured between 2008 and present day, you could have a claim.

Our initial claim related only to SEAT cars with a 1.2l, 1.6l or 2.0l diesel engine. However, we have since discovered that newer engines could also have been ‘fixed’ to cheat emissions testing. This means that many more SEAT diesel vehicles could have been fitted with illegal emissions software than initially thought. Owners of these vehicles could now also have a claim, even if they have previously been told that they did not qualify.

Keller Lenkner UK has launched a second claim to help affected SEAT vehicle owners and lessors claim compensation.

If you purchased or leased a diesel vehicle manufactured by ŠKODA and sold between 2008 and present day, you could have a claim.

Our initial claim related only to ŠKODA cars with a 1.2l, 1.6l or 2.0l diesel engine. However, we have since discovered that newer engines could also have been ‘fixed’ to cheat emissions testing. This means that many more ŠKODA diesel vehicles could have been fitted with illegal emissions software than initially thought. Owners of these vehicles could now also have a claim, even if they have previously been told that they did not qualify.

Keller Lenkner UK has launched a second claim to help affected ŠKODA vehicle owners and lessors claim compensation.

No-win, no-fee emissions claims

Keller Lenkner UK acts on a strict no-win, no-fee basis. As our client, you will not pay us anything upfront.

If we win your case, a portion of the damages awarded to you will cover our costs and expenses. We charge this fee to cover the work done on your behalf by our expert litigation lawyers.

There are no hidden costs or expenses.

The dirty truth about the diesel emissions scandal

Despite the pressing climate emergency and the impact on human health, vehicle manufacturers such as Vauxhall, the Volkswagen Group and Daimler AG (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) allegedly cheated regulations designed to protect human health and the environment by fitting illegal defeat devices into their diesel vehicles. This resulted in high levels of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) being emitted into the atmosphere. In some cases, the noxious emissions were up to 35 times the legal limit. “Dieselgate” is one of the biggest corporate scandals in history and its impact is far from over.

As the dieselgate scandal developed, it became apparent that thousands, if not millions, of consumers had been duped by the manufacturers into thinking that their cars were more efficient and less environmentally harmful than they were.  We think that is wrong. 

Millions of diesel vehicles were affected and subjected to recall. While these manufacturers have collectively paid billions to settle class action claims and regulatory fines in other countries, this is not the case in the UK.

In response, Keller Lenkner UK is acting on behalf of affected customers in England and Wales. We are investing considerable resource to seek redress for affected drivers and to bring these manufacturers to justice.

If you owned or leased an affected vehicle, you could be owed thousands of pounds.

Why choose Keller Lenkner UK?

Our emissions team includes some of the most skilled litigation lawyers in England and Wales. We have the experience, diligence and means to fight our clients’ corner and win. We are never afraid of a fight, and we are ready to take on the large, deep-pocket car manufacturing giants that other law firms shy away from.

Used to winning for clients against well-funded corporates, we also have all the resources and expertise necessary to take on complicated emissions cases in complex multi-claimant and group actions.

We are also representing individuals and businesses in this case on a no-win, no-fee basis to ensure claimants have access to the absolute best lawyers without worrying about costly legal fees.

Ultimately, we act for clients who deserve to win, and we do everything we can to ensure that they do.

Guy Robson
GUY ROBSON
Partner
Guy is a partner at Keller Lenkner UK. He has over a decade of experience in high-value commercial litigation and civil fraud.
Hannah-profile
HANNAH WRIGHT JONES
Senior Associate
Hannah is a senior associate at Keller Lenkner UK. She assists with the day-to-day conduct of group actions relating to emissions cases.

Volkswagen Group emissions compensation

For vehicles to be road-legal in the UK, they must comply with legal emissions standards. However, the Volkswagen Group (which includes VW, Audi, Skoda and SEAT) was accused of breaching these standards by fitting a defeat device into some of its diesel-engine vehicles. This device tricked the European Regulator’s testing systems into thinking that these vehicles complied with the required emissions standards when they did not.

People who bought affected vehicles were misled about their efficiency and environmental friendliness and have suffered losses as a result.

In 2020, Keller Lenkner UK launched a group action claim to help VW customers affected by the ‘dieselgate’ scandal claim compensation. Our initial VW claim related only to cars with a 1.2l, 1.6l or 2.0l diesel engine manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, and Seat. However, we have since discovered that newer VW engines could also have been ‘fixed’ to cheat emissions testing. This means that many more VW diesel vehicles could have been fitted with illegal emissions software than initially thought.

Owners of these vehicles could now also have a claim, even if they have previously been told that they did not qualify.

Keller Lenkner UK has launched a second VW diesel emissions claim to help affected vehicle owners claim compensation. VW diesel cars – including VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda diesel models – manufactured from 2008 with a 3.0l, 3.0l V6, 4.0l V8, 4.2l V8, EA897, or EA288 engine could all be affected, and owners and lessors may be eligible to join our second claim.

VW has not admitted that these newer engines were fitted with a defeat device. However, we believe VW is guilty of a cover-up and that covert fixes were made, without the consent or knowledge of customers, when affected vehicles were taken for repairs or services. These vehicles may have suffered in terms of performance as a result.

Keller Lenkner UK is holding Volkswagen Group to account for breaking the law and deceiving its customers.

Volkswagen diesel owners may be entitled to thousands of pounds each. If you purchased or leased a Volkswagen diesel vehicle between June 2008 and the present day, you may qualify for a claim.

Mercedes Benz emissions compensation

Mercedes-Benz parent company, Daimler AG, is under investigation in several countries following allegations that it tried to cheat emissions testing.

It is alleged that Mercedes-Benz fitted defeat devices into many diesel cars and vans produced between 2008 and 2018. These devices were designed to make diesel engines appear to be cleaner and less polluting when tested than they actually were.

In April 2019, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) accused Mercedes-Benz of installing defeat devices into its diesel vehicles to limit emissions readings during testing. This meant that the results of these tests were misrepresented, and the emissions emitted by the engines did not comply with EU requirements.

People who bought affected vehicles were misled about their efficiency and environmental friendliness and have suffered losses as a result.

Keller Lenkner UK is holding Mercedes-Benz to account for breaking the law and deceiving its customers.

Mercedes-Benz diesel owners may be entitled to thousands of pounds each. If you purchased or leased a Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicle between 2008 and 2018, you may qualify for a claim.

Vauxhall emissions compensation

Vauxhall allegedly breached emissions standards by fitting an illegal emissions defeat device into some of its diesel-engine vehicles. It is claimed that this device tricked the European Regulator’s testing systems into thinking that these vehicles complied with the required emissions standards when they did not.

More than one million Vauxhall owners in the UK could be affected by this scandal, and Keller Lenkner UK is holding Vauxhall to account for breaking the law and deceiving its customers.

The affected vehicles include Agila, Antara, Astra, Cascada, Combo, Corsa, Crossland, Insignia, Meriva, Mokka, Movano, Vivaro and Zafira. As the investigation progresses, it is likely that the list of possibly affected models will grow.

Vauxhall has already contacted many car owners to offer an emission software update. However, this ‘fix’ might have negatively impacted the fuel consumption and performance of the affected vehicles. Having the fix carried out does not affect your eligibility to register with us.

Vauxhall diesel owners may be entitled to thousands of pounds each. You may qualify for a claim if you purchased or leased a Vauxhall diesel vehicle between 2008 and 2019.

Businesses & Fleet Vehicle Emissions Claims

People who bought an affected vehicle in their name through a limited company or partnership qualify to join an emissions action. In addition, businesses and fleet owners could also have eligible claims.

Contact our expert lawyers to discuss a business or fleet emissions claim

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It is alleged that some car manufacturers fitted ‘defeat devices’ into many diesel cars and vans to cheat emissions testing. People who bought affected vehicles may have suffered losses as a result. Keller Lenkner UK is holding these manufacturers to account for breaking the law and deceiving their customers. 

Diesel Emissions Claims Frequently Asked Questions

You might be able to join our claim if you purchased or leased an affected vehicle. 

Find out if you can register here.

We act on a strict no win, no fee basis. So, as our client, you do not have to pay us anything upfront. If we do succeed, we take a success fee from the damages we recover for you. This fee covers the many hours we have spent working on your case.

Our success fee is competitive. It also offers value because we are expert litigators with experience of standing up to big corporates. We also take all the risk because, if we do not win, you don’t have to pay us a penny.

ASAP! There is a limited time to start a claim. If you wait too long to sign-up, you may not get all the compensation you are due or your claim may be thrown out altogether. Sign-up quickly to get as much compensation as possible.

That depends on your case. Please provide us with as much information as you can about your losses, including any complaints that you made at the time, and upload any supporting documents that you have. This will help our team to assess the value of your claim.

That depends on your case. But eligible diesel owners and lessors may be due up to £10,000 in compensation.

To progress your claim, we need you to provide us with evidence and information about your ownership of the vehicle. This could be things like:

      • Your purchase invoice from garage/dealer
      • Any finance agreements
      • Any lease agreements if you acquired the vehicle through a lease
      • The Vehicle Order Form
      • Details of the Salary Sacrifice agreement with your Employer (if relevant)
      • A copy of the Will if you inherited the car
      • V5C (details of the registered keeper)
      • Car insurance details
      • Any formal document evidencing disposal of the vehicle (i.e., sale invoice or receipt, letter from insurer confirming write off/insurance settlement) if you no longer have it.

Once you have registered with us, we will provide you with a full list of everything we need, as well as some guidance and templates to help you get this evidence if you do not have it to hand.

 

Your dealership or the garage where you purchased your car, or the finance company who you obtained finance from to purchase your car may still have copies of the documents relating to your vehicle. Once you have registered with us, we will provide you with some guidance and templates to help you get this evidence if you do not have it to hand.

It makes no difference. You can still make a claim.

Yes you can. We will need you to provide evidence of your agreement with Motability and/or statements in relation to your Motability account. Once you have registered with us, we will provide you with some guidance and templates to help you get this evidence if you do not have it to hand.

 

Yes you can. We will need you to provide evidence of your salary contribution scheme such as copies of your agreement for the hire/hire purchase of the car and/or statements in relation to your account. Once you have registered with us, we will provide you with some guidance and templates to help you get this evidence if you do not have it to hand.

Yes you can. We will need you to provide evidence of this gift (e.g. a copy of the Will if you inherited the vehicle). Once you have registered with us, we will provide you with some guidance to help you get this evidence if you do not have it to hand.

You can still make a claim. However the date of your last payment could determine what kind of claim you can bring, so let us know the details of any finance agreement. You must continue to meet any outstanding financial obligations.

You can still claim. We do not believe that the fixes applied by the manufacturers will affect your compensation claim. Many customers who had the fix applied have reported adverse effects on the performance of their car and fuel economy or have experienced other problems since the fix. When you submit your claim, you should (if possible) provide copies of any letters you have received relating to the fix, including the letter inviting you to have the fix applied.

It does not matter if you did not have the fix applied to your vehicle. You can still claim compensation.

If you bought your vehicle through a sole trader business or a partnership business, then you should be able to join our action. If you have a vehicle funded by your company but purchased in your name through a lease or finance agreement, then you should be able to claim. Unfortunately, if you bought your vehicle through a limited company, you do not qualify to join our group action claim. Complete our online form to register your details, and our team will let you know whether you can join our group action.

No, we are only acting on behalf of claimants who purchased their vehicles in England and Wales.

 

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