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5 Oct 2015

VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda owners: check your VIN

Find out if you've been affected by 'dieselgate'

Are you driving a dodgy diesel? Owners of Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat cars can now check if they are driving one of the famed 'dieselgate' models. We explain how to find out if your car is affected - and what your rights are.

UPDATE 7th October: All VIN checkers are now live, see below for links.

1,189,906 cars - that's how many models in the UK are affected by the 'dieselgate' scandal, according to Volkswagen Group.

The cars in question are spread over four of the VW Group's main brands: Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat. Owners of affected cars should be contacted within the next few weeks.

However, if you want to find out if you should be getting a call, and what should happen next, we'll tell you here.

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How to check if your car is affected

The VIN number will be at the bottom left-hand-side of the windshield, or in your service book (the number shown in the picture is an example).

To find out if your car is one of the models affected, you'll need your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). The VIN is a 17 character-string of letters and numbers. Here's an example: WVWZZZ1JZXW000010.

You'll find the VIN in one of two places. The most obvious will be at the bottom of the windshield, on the left hand side when looking at your car from the bonnet. The other place you can find the number is in the front of your vehicle's service book. See our illustration of where you can find the number.

Now you have your VIN, you'll need to go to the checker on the car brand's own site:

Volkswagen cars: Volkswagen VIN checker

Audi: Audi VIN checker

Skoda: Skoda VIN checker

Seat: Seat VIN checker

I'm affected - what do I do? What are my rights?

Affected customers will be informed by the manufacturer (whether that's Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat or Audi) that the emissions characteristics of their vehicles will need to be corrected.

If you find out that you own one of the affected cars, there is no legal requirement to stop driving it. The manufacturer has confirmed that all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy.

Don't worry about rushing to the dealer, either. The manufacturer will contact you. However, if you happen to be due to take your car in for servicing at a Volkswagen/Audi/Skoda/Seat centre, you should be told if the car is one of those affected.

Arrangements will later be made concerning the cars being corrected.

If the car needs to be kept in, we advise that you push to be supplied with a courtesy car while the work is being carried out.

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