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Did you own or lease a diesel car between 2009 & 2020? You could be owed up to £10,000 in compensation. It only takes 60 seconds to check using our online diesel claim checker.

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Diesel Emissions Claims

No-win, No-fee diesel claims

Did you own or lease a diesel car between 2009 & 2020? You could be owed up to £10,000 in compensation. It only takes 60 seconds to check using our online diesel claim checker.

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What is a Diesel Claim?

In recent years, a number of car manufacturers have come under fire with accusations that they have been cheating legal emissions regulations by installing defeat devices in their diesel vehicles. These devices were designed to trick emissions tests into believing the level of emissions being produced was lower than it actually was, surpassing legal limits. This resulted in diesel cars and vans emitting more harmful nitrogen oxide pollution than was advertised, leaving customers unaware.

Drivers were misled into buying vehicles that would not only potentially cost them more money, but also present a greater risk to the environment and their own health, due to inhaling dangerous NOx. We believe these manufacturers should be held accountable for deceiving their customers and breaking the law. Customers affected should be paid compensation via a diesel emissions claim.

Diesel vehicles produced by multiple car manufacturing companies were affected and had to be recalled. Many manufacturers have already settled emissions claims and fines amounting to billions in other countries, and now car owners in England and Wales deserve compensation as well. If you owned or leased an affected diesel vehicle, you could make a diesel emissions claim and potentially receive thousands in compensation.

Which manufacturers can you make a diesel claim against?

Currently thousands of customers are being represented in cases being brought against a range of different car manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Vauxhall, BMW, Nissan-Renault, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Citroen, Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo, and the Volkswagen group (consisting of brands including Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat, and Porsche). You could be set to join them in a group claim against the individual vehicle manufacturers.

Some of the major diesel emissions claims relate to the following car manufacturers:


Mercedes recalled millions of their vehicles due to concerns over their emissions. The German Federal Motor Transport Authority has accused Mercedes of installing defeat devices to reduce emissions readings during testing of its diesel cars and vehicles. If you bought or leased a Mercedes diesel between 2008 and 2018, you could qualify for a Mercedes emissions claim.


Over one million Vauxhall owners in the UK could be impacted by the ‘diesel gate’ scandal. Vehicles that were affected include Agila, Antara, Astra, Cascada, Combo, Corsa, Crossland, Insignia, Meriva, Mokka, Movano, Vivaro, and Zafira. Those who purchased or leased a diesel model of these vehicles between 2008 and 2019 could be able to make a Vauxhall diesel claim.

Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group has recalled more than 11 million vehicles across its multiple brands including Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat, and Porsche due to concerns over their emissions, with 1.2 million being recalled in the UK. If you have purchased or leased a Volkswagen Group vehicle between 2008 and 2015, you could be eligible to make a diesel claim against VW.


BMW is alleged to have fitted ‘defeat devices’ in their vehicles in order to artificially reduce emissions to pass EU tests. BMW vehicles affected include any diesel vehicle that was owned or leased since September 2009. Research has found that some BMW diesel engines may have been emitting toxic fumes up to seven times the legal limit, as such you could be eligible to make a diesel claim against BMW.

Other diesel manufacturer claims

In some instances, where the claims are not as far progressed as others, manufacturers have denied that they have used any form of defeat device to cheat emissions tests. Independent testing and information from the Department for Transport has highlighted discrepancies between diesel emissions in testing and normal driving conditions, meaning there is likely a case to answer.

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How we can help with your claim

We put you in touch with legal experts who are acting on behalf of diesel vehicle owners affected by the diesel emissions scandal. The legal expert we introduce you to will act for you on a no win, no fee basis, meaning there is no risk to you in making a claim, and having nothing to pay in the unlikely event we take on your claim and you don’t win compensation. Contact us today to find out more and start your claim.

You might be due money back because:

  • You would not have bought the vehicle if you knew about the alleged emissions problems.
  • You paid more for the vehicle than you normally would have.
  • Your car or van may have needed to be fixed in order to be compliant with emissions standards, with the repair possibly resulting in worse fuel efficiency and/or performance.
  • The overall value of your vehicle could have been affected.

How long does a diesel emissions claim take?

While we understand your desire for your diesel claim to be resolved quickly, each group claim against a specific manufacturer will have different timelines. In some cases, the manufacturer will already have accepted responsibility and be keen to settle the claim out of court, with as little fuss as possible. Other claims may not be as far progressed, with the manufacturers disputing any wrongdoing and the matter still being investigated. These claims will inevitably take longer to come to a conclusion.

What evidence do you need to provide for your diesel car claim?

To move forward with your claim, you will need to be able to provide information regarding ownership of your vehicle. Some examples of suitable evidence include:

  • Your purchase invoice from the garage or dealer you bought the vehicle from
  • Paperwork detailing any finance agreements
  • Details of lease agreements (if applicable)
  • Your Vehicle Order form
  • Details of the Salary Sacrifice agreement with your employer (if relevant)
  • A copy of the Will if you inherited the vehicle
  • V5C (information about the registered keeper)
  • Car insurance details
  • Any formal documents that show evidence of disposal of the vehicle if you no longer have the car

When you have registered your claim with, you will be provided with a complete list of everything that is needed, as well as guidance and templates to help you gather the evidence if you can’t easily locate it.

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We offer a free consultation to anyone looking to make a car emission claim

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If your case or cases have no financial payout to you, you don’t pay a single penny

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We use dedicated diesel claim solicitors who have handled thousands of diesel claims

How much compensation could you receive?

There is no fixed amount for compensation should the specific group legal claim be settled in your favour. Compensation will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and your own individual experience, including the degree of financial loss and severity of any harm you’ve suffered. Some eligible diesel owners could be due sums worth thousands. Legal costs will come from any compensation amount you are awarded, so there are no upfront costs involved when making a claim. Which takes the worry out of producing upfront legal fees.

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Why should you make a diesel emissions claim?

Protect the environment

A big reason you might want to make a diesel claim is the fact your car manufacturer lied to you about a very dangerous pollutant. The car industry as a whole should be made aware that they cannot put profits above the health of their customers or the environment. With the growing global warming and climate change concerns, the blatant disregard for the planet displayed by these companies should not be swept under the carpet.


Corporate accountability

Many big car manufacturers have tried to deny any involvement in the emissions scandal and the use of emissions cheat device in vehicles. They need to be held to account and reminded of their responsibility to customers and the wider world. Making a diesel emissions claim makes it clear that large companies are not above the law can’t get away with dishonesty to their customers, especially when it comes to emissions standards.


Financial reimbursement

Those affected by the diesel emissions scandal might have suffered financial damages as a result, especially if they have had the car ‘fixed’, which has been shown to have a negative effect on fuel economy. Starting a diesel claim will help you to get back any money you have lost and more, if your claim is successful you will receive compensation which could be thousands depending on your case.


Looking after your health

Studies have shown that traffic pollution can be related to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths. In particular, nitrous oxides can cause respiratory problems including asthma and bronchitis. By making a diesel car claim, you will be standing up against car makers who have displayed a blatant disregard to public health, and you can receive compensation for any health impacts you may have experienced.


There is no risk to you

The law firm we introduce you to works on a No Win, No Fee basis.  Making a claim won’t cost you anything, even in the unlikely event that the claim does not succeed. You only have to make a contribution to the legal costs in the event of a successful diesel emission claim.

What to do if you can’t find the documents for your diesel vehicle?

The garage you purchased the car from, your dealership, or the finance company you went through to get the finance to buy your car might still have copies of the documents of your vehicle. It is of the utmost importance for the legal firm that you can prove you owned a diesel vehicle during the aforementioned timeframes (above).

What if the manufacturer contacted you to ‘fix’ the car?

You will still be able to claim, as any fixes applied by your manufacturer should not affect your claim for diesel compensation. A lot of owners who had the emissions fix applied to their vehicle reported negative effects on the performance of their car, the fuel economy, or encountered other problems since the fix was put in place. You should should provide copies of any correspondence you received about the fix, including the one that invited you to have it done, when making your claim.

Frequently asked questions

Below we’ll answer frequently asked questions

Sometimes referred to as cheat devices, these have been added by multiple different vehicle manufacturers to their diesel vehicles, in an attempt to falsify emissions levels, so they would pass regulatory checks.

The device meant that test driving conditions rather than ‘real-world’ conditions (which would produced higher levels of emissions) were used for the regulatory checks.

The affected vehicles would not have passed regulatory checks without the installation of defeat devices and were therefore in breach of emissions laws. They would have been producing much higher levels of emissions, including nitrogen oxide, which can have negative consequences for health and the environment. 

If your vehicle was purchased as a sole trader or partnership, then you should still be able to make an emissions claim. The same applies if you have a vehicle purchased in your name but funded by your company through a finance or lease agreement. However, if you purchased your vehicle through a limited company, you don’t qualify to join the group action diesel emission claims.

This type of claim is more complex. First you need to ensure that your employer isn’t already claiming against the same vehicle. If they are not, then you also must provide evidence that you have suffered a financial loss. For example, proof of payment towards the company car.

Additionally, you must provide documentation that connects you with either the vehicle registration number or the VIN. If you can provide this evidence, then a law firm will be more willing to take on your company car claim.

Yes you are still able to claim. You will need to provide evidence of your Motability agreement and/or statements relating to your account.

If you bought or leased your diesel vehicle in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you will not be able to join claims in England and Wales. This is because you can only claim in the country you acquired the car, regardless of where you live. Even though many of the same issues are relevant, the claims in Scotland and Northern Ireland are separate and at earlier stages.

In Scotland, the legal mechanism that makes group actions possible only came into effect in 2020, meaning cases haven’t progressed as far in comparison to claims in England and Wales.

In Northern Ireland, law firms are not allowed to take on cases on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis, and there is only one firm that we are aware of pursuing group claims against manufacturers about their unethical activities with emissions.

Yes you can still claim. We want to ensure the claim is as inclusive as possible, so all affected drivers have the best chance of receiving compensation. If you owned or leased a diesel vehicle between 2008 and 2019, you could be eligible for diesel emission claim compensation against your vehicle manufacturer.

To find out the engine type of your car, you will need your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This is normally stamped on the lower corner of the windshield on the driver’s side of the car and on the door frame of the driver’s side door. Some vehicles might also have their VIN imprinted on a metal plate under the bonnet, near the engine. With this information you can find out your engine model and if you are one of the affected vehicle owners.

Yes, you are entitled to sign up for every diesel vehicle you have owned, leased, or still have presently. Make sure you submit a claim for each car individually.

If your car was acquired through your employer via a salary contribution scheme

You will be required to provide evidence of your salary contribution scheme including copies of your agreement for the hire or purchase of the car and/or statements in relation to your account.

If your car was gifted to you

You would need to demonstrate evidence of this gift, for example a copy of the Will if you inherited the car.

If you no longer own the car

You can still make a claim if you can prove that you used to be the registered keeper of the vehicle and have sufficient documentation relating to the sale of the vehicle etc.

If you have outstanding finance on the vehicle

The date of your last payment may determine what type of claim you can bring, so it is important to disclose the details of your finance agreement. You need to continue to meet any outstanding financial obligations.