VW dealers use diesel buyback to offer deals even before TDI owners bring in cars

VW dealers use diesel buyback to offer deals even before TDI owners bring in cars

The Volkswagen diesel settlement for 2.0-liter TDI cars received final approval from a federal judge earlier this week. That means VW is now able to send out buyback offers to owners of the 475,000 affected vehicles. But some dealers aren't willing to wait to start enticing customers back into... read more

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A dealer trainer tried to buy a car; he now calls car dealers 'clueless'

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2017 Chevrolet Volt, leased by Phil Ganz of Texas

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2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL long-term test

VW promises dealers it will cut prices to boost U.S. sales after diesel debacle

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Multi-brand electric-car dealer to open in Canada after Iceland test

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Tesla takes dealership fight in Utah to state supreme court

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How can automakers sell more electric cars? Sierra Club report has suggestions

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Electric-car shopping far too hard; dealers, carmakers can improve, says report

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What do VW dealers get from the diesel-emission settlement?

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Virginia dealers double down on Tesla attack, demand probe of sales

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