With the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal buyback in full swing, you might wonder what happens to the vehicles that have been repurchased by Volkswagen? The quick answer is that no one knows.
Volkswagen received the go-ahead to begin the buyback program three months ago. The owners of vehicles equipped with the engines that were at the center of this part of the scandal were given the option of having their vehicles repaired, if a fix was available, or receiving payments for their vehicles based on the NADA Used Car Guide value of those vehicles on Sept. 15. 2015. Owners also received compensation payments of $5,100 to $10,100.
475,000 TDIs Affected
Most of the 475,000 VW TDI owners, of course, opted for the buyout package simply because no fixes were – and still are not – available for the majority of the turbodiesel engines. The only fix that approved is for 2015 VW 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged vehicles whose hardware and software are the most up to date. The first fix is a software patch.
As the buyback program has reached full speed, owners have turned in a substantial number of VW turbodiesel vehicles. You’d be surprised where the cars and SUVs go. Honestly, they go nowhere, at all, because they cannot be resold just now.
Frankly, VW sends the turbodiesels to facilities across the nation. Here are some of the sites spotted by sharp-eyed Jalopnik readers:
- An abandoned NFL stadium
- A decommissioned airbase
- A large area of Baltimore’s port facility
A spokesman for the automaker said the automaker was holding the vehicles until – and if – emissions fixes become available.
So far, the only fix approved is for TDI diesels from the 2015 model year. The diesels carry VW’s latest turbodiesel engine block, the EA288 2.0-liter four. They represent only a small portion of the vehicles that are now sitting in three VW storage facilities.
Former Home Of The Lions
Jalopnik readers spotted many VW TDIs at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The Silverdome is the former home of the Detroit Lions
Meantime, “thousands” of TDIs are at what was Norton Air Force Base in California. Norton is now part of the San Bernardino International Airport.
The third VW TDI storage area is the Port of Baltimore. Jalopnik reader/sleuths have done some poking around and claim to have found five storage lots in the port area filled with VW TDIs.
So, what will VW do with the repurchased vehicles? No one knows. All that greencarreports.com expects is that since most buyers will take the buyback, the number of vehicles in storage will continue to grow.
Sources: greencarreports.com, Jalopnik.com