Austria forces for the first time to refund money from a Volkswagen for the ‘Dieselgate’ affair
A judgment of the Austrian Supreme Court forces, for the first time in this country, a dealer who sold a Volkswagen vehicle affected by the so-called ‘Dieselgate‘ to accept the return of the vehicle and refund the buyer the money paid.
In a statement published Monday on its website, the high court reports the judgment, handed down on the 21st, that. obliged the dealer to reimburse the purchase price, albeit subtracting an amount for the use the buyer had already made of the car.
Compensation to the dealer for use was estimated at about 7,500 euros, so the buyer will recover about 19,500 euros. of the purchase price, to which is added 4% annual interest since the purchase.
The “diesel scandal” was unleashed in 2015, when. in the United States it came to light that Volkswagen had used fraudulent software. that manipulated the engines to simulate in tests lower levels of pollutant gas emissions than those actually emitted on the road.
Worldwide, some eleven million vehicles were tampered withof which about 360,000 in Austria.