CLEAR LAKE, Texas — Bugged by Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal last year? Then "Jetta" over to your local Volkswagen dealership for an opportunity to buyback your loyalty.
"It's a very generous payout that Volkswagen is doing. Total is about $19 billion that they're going to be giving back to consumers," General Sales Manager Lester Brown of Momentum Volkswagen in Clear Lake.
A federal judge has green-lighted Volkswagen's plan for a massive vehicle buyback program after the German mega-manufacturer admitted it rigged software last year to skirt emissions standards. Volkswagen reached a nearly $15 billion for its exhaust snafu, and now the car company is clearing the air with customer's driving TDIs, which are Volkswagen diesels from 2009 through 2015. This includes the Passats, Jettas, Jetta Sport Wagons and Beetles.
About 475,000 Volkswagen owners in the U.S. can choose between a buyback on their affected vehicle or cash compensation and a free fix if repairs become available.
Volkswagen has dedicated hundreds of employees to handle the process to make sure it's a positive one for its customers. All Volkswagen owners have to do is visit VWCourtSettlement.com.
"All you have to do is have your serial number, name and the city you live in or zip code, and you can start the process right then and there," Brown said.