Kentucky Attorney General Warns VW And Audi Owners Over Buyback Scam

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Volkswagen and Audi owners from Kentucky have been publicly warned by the state’s Attorney General, Andy Beshear, about an ongoing scam that targets them.
According to Beshear, owners of Dieselgate-affected cars must be very cautious when they have been proposed a trade-in, buyback, or whatever deal related to their automobiles.

As some of you already know, Volkswagen has a settlement plan lined up for its customers in the USA that has purchased a car fitted with a 2.0-liter TDI engine that had a device to cheat emissions tests.

The settlement plan does not apply for all of the owners of the vehicles, as those that have purchased a car after the settlement plan was approved, or other conditions, are not eligible for a pecuniary compensation, but their vehicles will be fixed for free once authorities accept a proposal.

The idea with the settlement scheme is that it is expected to receive the final approval in October. Until then, there is no reimbursement available, so owners must steer clear of those that try to propose them any deal involving a “buyback,” or other plans that promise a great deal for whatever reason.

As WTVQ notes, scammers are currently seeking ways to acquire cars from owners so that they can profit from the buyback after purchasing a Dieselgate-affected vehicle.

The Federal Trade Commission is also aware of these scamming attempts. The Attorney General of Kentucky wants to be sure that all the citizens of his state that are eligible for a settlement will be informed and adequately compensated.

Scammers can be avoided, but owners will have to be extremely cautious with buyers or potential clients for their cars that want to seal the deal quickly. That is a red flag in any proposal, if you ask us.

Another tip is to check Volkswagen’s Court Settlement Web Site. Owners are instructed to avoid any offers that require spending buyback compensation for a new car, as well as offers that are not affiliated with the official settlement.

Any limits suggested on the buyback plan are bogus, and the Attorney General of Kentucky asked residents to report any suspicious offers that might suggest that or that might lure people to sell their cars before the settlement gets approved and begins.

As usual with scams, avoid any deal that requires you to “act fast,” and use common sense and better judgment before signing or agreeing to anything. Never forget the number one rule with scams - if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not true. Don’t get conned.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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