Latest Reader Question (Nov. 7, 2017)

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Here is the latest reader question, along with my reply: 

Robert asks: Is it a good idea to buy a pre-owned Passat Diesel?  What happens if I move to a state with tighter emission controls? And, if Volkswagen is not making them anymore, what’ll I do about parts and repairs down the road?

My reply: If the particular Passat you’re considering is a good one (not abused, in good condition, a fair price) then the answer is – yes, of course! There is nothing to sweat in re emissions, regardless of the state/county you live in, because your car will pass – assuming no mechanical or other such issue. VW “cheated” on the government’s emissions certification tests – which are different than the tailpipe exhaust emissions tests many of us have to deal with in order to get or renew vehicle registration.

The government has not decreed that any of the “affected” VWs will be denied registration, may not be driven until “fixed” – or anything along those lines.

The owner may, if he wishes, have the car “fixed” to be in compliance with the federal regs but this is not a requirement and it does not mean your car won’t pass the state/county test.

So, no worries.

Same also as regards parts. Even if VW stopped building cars (and parts) tomorrow, there are so many cars (and parts) in circulation that it will be decades before any scarcity sets in.

These are great cars. I have no hesitation recommending you buy one. I think you will love it if you do!

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