VW owners in the US can check this online tool to see their Dieselgate settlement image

The German automaker has received the preliminary green light to settle the diesel emissions issues with clients in the United States, so eligible owners will be ever closer to being compensation for their polluting vehicle.

The people owning VW diesel models implicated in the Dieselgate scandal are faced with a tough choice though – they could let VW redeem their vehicle altogether or get some money and then wait for the company to issue the recall repair. But now there’s an online tool created by website Instamotor to help those wondering what to do. The owner can introduce the model, trim, state, and mileage from drop-down menus, as well as put in any additional features in check boxes – submitting the info will return the buyback price and what money would the owner still get if he or she chooses to keep the vehicle. As an example, a Michigan resident using a 2011 Golf TDI four-door with an automatic transmission and 50,001 to 55,000 miles would get $19,877 (buyback) or $5,802 when keeping the vehicle.

The eligible models include almost 500,000 cars, with the 2013-2015 Beetle andBeetle Convertible, 2010-2015 Golf, 2015 Golf SportWagen, 2009-2015 Jetta, 2009-2014 Jetta SportWagen, 2012-2015 Passat, and 2010 – 2013; 2015 Audi A3 being included. Volkswagen has said the compensation program could cost it over ten billion dollars – with another 4.7 billion spent for programs that lower nitrogen-oxide emissions and deliver the infrastructure for zero-emissions vehicles. On the other hand, the automaker still has no solutions to repair 2-liter and 3-liter TDI engines, while politicians have been asked to also secure compensation for European owners.

Via Instamotor