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Volkswagen releases VIN number checker for vehicles affected by emissions scandal

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Volkswagen has released an online checking tool to identify vehicles affected by the emissions scandal.

 This follows revelations that Volkswagen Group cheated in official nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions tests in the US, affecting EA 189 diesel engines, which were also fitted to Audi, Skoda and Seat vehicles.

Other brands in the group will be launching their own self service tools, with Audi (visit tool) the first to do so, with checkers for Skoda and Seat not yet in operation.

At the time of writing, the site appears to be struggling to cope with the number of enquiries so the page may not load immediately.

CHECK YOUR VOLKSWAGEN VEHICLE BELOW NOW (This is an external site which is currently experiencing difficulties due to high volumes of traffic):

The tool is bringing up one of two messages, dependent on if the vehicle is affected (click to enlarge).


Last week, the Government and HMRC confirmed that drivers wont incur higher Benefit in Kind (BIK) tax or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) if their existing vehicles are found to be fitted with illegal software that manipulates emissions tests.

The self serve checker is available on the Volkswagen website.

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