Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Larry asks: You mentioned a large number of VW diesels are sitting in undisclosed areas until a decision about how they will be disposed of is released. Have you heard of any sales taking place? If they are open to the public I’d like to hear about it. I bet there will be a large number of people wanting to buy them.
My reply: I am keeping my ear to the ground.
The vehicles we’re talking about fall into two categories: Those bought back by VW – i.e., already-sold/already-in-use cars that were turned in by their owners in exchange for a cash settlement. And some brand-new (mostly 2017 model year) VWs that were never sold because of the unfolding “cheating” debacle. These were either never shipped to dealers or were returned to VW by dealers who had them on their lots.
These cars – both categories – will either be destroyed or “fixed” at VW’s discretion. The “fixed” ones may be sold, eventually but the problem (I assume) is figuring out how to sell what are now almost-two-year-old cars as new cars through the usual dealer network channels. Would this undermine the sale of “new” (2018 and 2019) VWs? How will warranty coverage apply?
Also, I suspect that VW is very eager to put as much distance between itself and these cars as possible. So my bet is they’ll either be destroyed or shipped discreetly overseas to be sold in foreign markets.
It’s unspeakably disgusting.
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