Volkswagen to Issue Prepaid Cards to Diesel Owners
In an effort to make amends for its so called “diesel scandal,” Volkswagen is sending out $1,000 worth of prepaid cards to diesel vehicle owners.
There are two prepaid cards that will be available to owners of the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel (TDI) engines made between 2009 and 2015. The first card is valued at $500, and can be used anywhere. The second card is also valued at $500, and can be used toward a purchase or service transaction at a Volkswagen dealership. Both cards must be activated at a VW dealership before they can be used.
The scandal started when scientists at the University of West Virginia tested several diesel vehicles from the VW line and found their emissions data to be much higher than the legal limit in the United States. Volkswagen admitted to manipulating the numbers through a special software program. The new prepaid cards are now acting as a form of reparation for people who purchased VW diesel vehicles under false pretenses.
“We are working tirelessly to develop an approved remedy for affected vehicles,” said Michael Horn, VW’s United States CEO, in a statement. “In the meantime we are providing this goodwill package as a first step towards regaining our customers’ trust.”
To find out if you qualify for the TDI Goodwill Program, you can visit VWDieselInfo.com and enter the VIN of your vehicle. If you do qualify for the program, you can register to receive your cards in the mail and activate them at your local VW dealership.