Volkswagen TDI Buyback: What You Need to Know

If you bought or leased a Volkswagen TDI on or before September 15, 2015, you are probably eligible to receive a buyback offer from Volkswagen.

The buyback comes as compensation for the hassle of driving a car affected by the biggest scandal in automotive history. 2009-2015 Volkswagens and Audis equipped with the 2.0-liter diesel engine are eligible for a buyback of roughly $12,400-$44,000, depending on the year and model of the car.

Buybacks started this month and, as of October 18, about 340,000 people have signed up to accept the offer. This opens up the question:

What will happen to the hundreds of thousands of cars that Volkswagen buys back?

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What Are the Most Inaccurate Numbers on the Window Sticker?

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Virtually everything on the Monroney sticker can be negotiated.

The Monroney, better known simply as the window sticker that adorns all new cars for sale, tells vital information about the vehicle, its engine size, trim level, installed options, and, of course, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP).

The listed price is typically a starting point for negotiation, and the sticker will tell buyers of any added market adjustments or unnecessary options.

There’s one number, though, that isn’t negotiable and has a long reputation of not even being accurate:

The EPA estimated fuel economy.

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Is Subaru Flying Too Close to the Sun?

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In Greek mythology, Icarus attempted to flee the Island of Crete using wings made of feathers and wax. Despite Daedalus’s warnings, Icarus flew higher and higher until the heat of the sun melted the wax binding his wings, and he fell from the sky. The story warns against hubris, arrogance, and how care and precaution remain paramount when moving onward and upward. Thousands of years after the story of Icarus was first told, is Subaru now threatening to fly too high?

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Tesla Faces Growing Pains While Planning European Expansion

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There are some perks to Tesla ownership that customers believe are vital to the experience of owning one of the premium electric vehicles.

One of those perks is free access to the company’s network of superchargers. Another is quick and responsive maintenance and repairs.

Both of those perks seem to be fading away as Tesla grows. Customers are beginning to complain of long wait times for service and, at the same time, Tesla has announced that unlimited free charging access will soon be a thing of the past.

Is the novelty of Tesla ownership wearing off?

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Tired of Gas? Find Relief with These Alternative Fuels

Gas may be cheap these days, but untethering from the local Citgo is still an attractive idea. For many, electricity is the obvious choice when opting out of gas cars. Tesla continues to be the dominant and popular choice in this realm, although Chevrolet is preparing to launch the all-electric Bolt (and its 200-mile range) before the end of 2016, and the Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, and Ford Focus Electric, among others, are currently available at more reasonable prices than the higher-end Tesla cars.

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Faraday’s Financial Future Already Bleak

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Faraday Future mysteriously stormed into the U.S. market promising a new breed of electric car that would upend Tesla.

It unveiled a supercar concept and has teased a coming crossover. It has broken ground on a $1 billion factory in Nevada. Curiously, the company has never sold, or even produced, a single production-worthy automobile.

Now its parent company, China-based LeEco, has sent a dire warning to employees that it’s having financial troubles and needs to cut costs.

Could Faraday’s Future be over before it even begins?

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GM Defies the Odds and Sells Plenty of Tahoes, Yukons, and Suburbans

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Perhaps the last third of 2016 will be remembered for the theme, “Expect the Unexpected.”

Tuesday night’s election results shocked the world as President-elect Trump overcame astronomical odds to secure the nation’s highest office. That’s as far as our political commentary will go on this blog, but rest assured the significance of the election isn’t lost on us. We’ll be sure to keep a close eye on the election’s effects on the auto industry.

Slightly less significant, October’s car sales report had a few unexpected twists too. In a time of slowing sales, when we might expect passenger cars and full-size trucks to maintain the status quo, something else has happened.

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Audi Accused of Emission Software Cheat… Again

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Audi delivered more than 17,700 vehicles in October as the German automaker hit its 70th straight month of sales increases.

The fastest-selling Audis are the A4 sedan and Q7 SUV, while the smaller Q3 is building some serious momentum.

Audi is a success story in America and is one of the top luxury brands sold here, in spite of being part of Volkswagen’s now-infamous diesel emission scandal last year.

If Audi can weather one emission-related scam, can it possibly escape two unscathed? Looks like we’re about to find out.

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The Truth About Ethanol

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Thanks to growing environmental concerns and economic forces, 97% of fuel currently pumped in the U.S. is up to 10% ethanol. For a few reasons, ethanol in gas is a hot-button issue for some folks; search for an article on the topic and your chances of finding one that balances both sides of the aisle are pretty slim. But, while many drivers are familiar with Flex Fuel vehicles, which run on a fuel made of 85% ethanol, fewer realize that the gasoline they’re already putting in their cars is partially made from corn.

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BlackBerry and Ford Team Up. Surprised?

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BlackBerry isn’t a company with a great track record of staying ahead of the market.

The company was once a leader in the fledgling smartphone business, but quickly faded into irrelevance with the advent of Apple and Android devices. Not only has BlackBerry failed to compete in the new landscape of smartphones, it has become something of a punchline in the industry. Most of us don’t even notice it exist anymore.

This is why my first reaction to news of a Ford/BlackBerry partnership was laden with consternation and full of questions, such as: Will future Fords only work with BlackBerry phones?

A little bit of research cleared up any questions and even proved that this deal could be a very good thing for both Ford and BlackBerry. But what about for you, the consumer?

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