Can I Make A Diesel Claim?
If you purchased a diesel, new or second-hand, car from Mercedes, BMW, Vauxhall, Ford, Renault or Fiat between 2008 and 2019, you could be eligible for a diesel emission claim. These are worth anything from a few hundred pounds to as much as £10,000. You don't have to still own the car to be eligible.
This claim is being litigated on a No-Win, No-Fee basis, meaning it costs you nothing to join. If we do not win you compensation money, we will cover all legal costs and you will not pay a penny. If the case is won, a percentage will be deducted from your compensation costs to cover legal fees.
You could be eligible for a refund if you purchased a diesel car between 2008 and 2019 and:
You wouldn’t have bought the car if you knew about the flaw
You paid more for the car than you should have
Your vehicle had to be fixed to meet emission standards
In a similar case against Volkswagen, 91,000 claimants were paid £193 million. The average payout was over £2,100. We have opened up claims for Mercedes, BMW and Vauxhall, soon to be followed by Ford, Renault and Fiat.
If you owned a Mercedes Benz, BMW or Vauxhall you can check your eligibility instantly and start litigation today. You will have 14 days to change your mind. Click below to get started!
What Are Diesel Emissions Claims?
The ‘dieselgate’ scandal broke in 2015 when it emerged that a number of brands had used a ‘defeat device’ to disguise how much emissions were being released from their vehicles. The 'defeat devices' caused diesel engines to activate emissions controls only during laboratory emissions testing, which caused the vehicles' output to meet regulatory standards during testing. In some cases, the noxious emissions were 35 times their legal limit, causing a lot of pollution.
Whilst the car brands are reluctant to give discounts or admit any wrongdoing, you have the opportunity to make a claim for diesel emissions and receive a large lump sum as compensation. Currently, this is said to have impacted 500,000 vehicles in the UK where the owners could be eligible for compensation.
In September 2019, Daimler (Mercedes Owner) was fined 870 million euros in Germany for "negligent violation of supervisory duties" in relation to not fully complying with emissions regulations.
An average £8,500 in compensation is estimated for each claimant in the case, with the action possibly totalling up to £10.2 billion across the nation. This would make it one of the biggest group actions ever seen in the UK. Hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles are involved in the Dieselgate Scandal, and it is believed that they were producing emissions levels that significantly exceeded the law.
Customers have lost out for the following reasons:
The increased Nitrogen Dioxide levels are harmful to children, adults, and the environment
Customers may have experienced higher fuel bills and maintenance costs
The performance of these vehicles was negatively affected
You can help the environment while making money by claiming back from your vehicle manufacturer. Current and Previous Mercedes, BMW and Vauxhall Owners can instantly find out if they are eligible by giving the car registration number, plus a few more details like the date they bought the car.
If you think you have a claim, you need to act quickly as there are statutory deadlines, known as limitation periods, that apply to mis-selling claims.
You need legal representation to claim. The lawyers we use are uniquely placed to handle large corporate cases and have a long track record.
Making a claim is simple. With just a few details we can check your eligibility and start your claim.
No Win, No Fee
You are only charged after the claim has been won and you have your compensation. If you lose, you pay nothing!
Enter Your Car Reg Number
Use our elibility checker to quickly find out if your vehicle is eligible
Complete A Quick Online Form
Complete a quick online form to start your diesel emissions claim
Claim Your Emissions Refund
Our partnered legal team will represent you to claim your refund
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I claim compensation for my diesel car?
Not all diesel cars are eligible for a diesel emissions claim. Even if you owned a diesel vehicle between the relevant dates, not all engines were affected. To know if you are potentially eligible for compensation in minutes you can use our vehicle reg check here.
How much do I get from a diesel emissions claim?
This is dependent on the outcome of the legal proceedings. It is estimated that some claims can be as much as £10,000. But others may be only a few hundred pounds. In a similar case against Volkswagen, 91,000 claimants were paid £193 million, with an average payout of over £2,100.
Is the Diesel Emissions claim real?
Yes, the diesel emissions claim is real. This is a group litigation carried out by a group of law firms. Some claimants making claims against Volkswagen have already been paid an average of over £2,100. The claim is no win no fee so there is no need to transfer or risk any of your own money.
Is there any risk to starting a diesel claim?
No. All claims are no win no fee. You won't risk anything to claim. Any fee is simply subtracted from the compensation paid to you (see below).
What does it cost to make a diesel claim?
You only pay a fee to the legal firm handling your case if your claim is successful. This is expected to be around 20-40%, but you will be told what the fee is when your claim is approved. The fee is capped at 50%, so you will definitely get at least half of the compensation. If the claim is not successful, ‘after the event’ insurance (known as ATE) is provided by the law firm. This means it does not cost you a thing unless the claim is successful.
Can I make a diesel emissions claim myself?
The legal fees for taking a large car manufacturer to court are very high. If an individual tried to make a claim themselves the legal fees would most likely far outweigh the payout. This is why it is best to join as part of a group litigation. By signing up you become part of a collective of claimants who share the legal fees.
Can I cancel my claim?
You can cancel your claim within the first 14 days. If you cancel your claim after that you may be liable for some legal fees.
Does it matter if I still own the car?
No, you don't need to still own the car to be eligible to claim. Your eligibility will depend on the dates you bought and sold the car. Our simple form will tell you if you are eligible.
Can I make an emissions claim for a car bought on finance?
Yes. Cars bought on finance, including second-hand cars, are still eligible.
Can I make an emissions claim for multiple cars?
Yes. You can make a claim for each vehicle you bought which is eligible. Just fill out a separate form for each car.
How long does an emissions claim take?
This is part of a group action lawsuit which is a complicated legal proceeding. This means it is difficult to estimate a timeframe, but it will likely take a few years. In the case of VW claims, they were first grouped together by the court in May 2018, with the trial due in January 2023. However, a settlement was reached in May 2022.
I signed up for a claim but haven't heard anything
The group litigation process is long, meaning there may be nothing to update for periods of time. Also, the legal teams involved in diesel claims are processing claims from thousands of individuals, so may not contact you instantly. After you claim you should instantly receive confirmation texts, and after more time be contacted by the legal team. If you have any doubt about whether you are properly signed up for a claim, as you haven't heard from anyone feel free to contact us.
Which manufacturers can I make a diesel emissions claim against?
At the moment you can only claim against Mercedes, BMW and Vauxhall. However, many vehicles were also affected by the initial scandal including Volkswagen, Ford, Fiat, Citroen, Peugeot, Renault, Nissan, Skoda, Jaguar, Volvo, Hyundai, and Land Rover. Some of these claims may open up in the near future.
Which Mercedes models were affected
Various diesel Mercedes-Benz branded models are affected, including C-CLASS, CITAN, CLS, E-CLASS, G-CLASS, GLC, GLE, GLK, M-CLASS, ML, S-CLASS, SLK, SPRINTER, V-CLASS and VITO. We will confirm whether your car was affected when you claim.
What do I need to claim?
As well as basic contact details, you need the car registration number and to confirm the dates you owned it. You will also need to upload your ID at some point to confirm your identity.
Can I still claim for VW Dieselgate?
Unfortunately, the Volkswagen Dieselgate claim is closed for any new claimants. Something called a statute of limitations limits the time frame in which people can claim. In this case, it was the end of 2021, six years after the VW defeat device software became publicly known in England and Wales. This means you can no longer make a VW emission claim for compensation.
Don’t miss out on £100’s or even £1,000’s in compensation you could be entitled to. Check whether you are eligible now?