If you'd like to read all the parts of this series, you can see them here.
Part 1 - How Volkswagen is Helping us Repay the Planet for Its Sins
Part 2 - Our Search for a Cleaner Car
Part 3 - Buying a Used 2016 Chevrolet Volt
Part 4 - A Lesson on Creating Clean Energy at Home
Part 5 - Making the Decision to Add Solar to our Urban Roof
In 2013 while I was doing vehicle research to replace an aging 2002 Chevrolet Prism, I set several parameters:
|Car buyers may start to wonder if they can believe carmakers' claims for emissions level
- Compact vehicle, don't like big cars.
- Small but not cheap.
- A vehicle we could plan to own for a very long time, (I'm talking 20 years).
- 40+ mpg.
- I (stubbornly but not wisely) had my mind set on buying a new car (figured this was the one and only time I would do so)
- Price range was not to exceed $30k.
The Golf TDI met all the above requirements, plus it's fun to drive and has a very useful hatchback. Then we learned it's literal dirty secret. VW laid out three options:
- Keep the car and don't get the emissions fixed. Get a check for $5,500, which basically represented the devaluation of the car post-scandal. Not an acceptable option.
- Keep the car and get it fixed. They'd still send us a check for $5,500. Then at some unspecified time in the neari(ish) future, they would install an emissions fix that would likely reduce performance and mileage, and would take up half the small trunk space. Not a great option.
- VW would buy the car back. They offered us $23,000. This is the pre-scandal used car price plus $5,500 for the inconvenience. I thought the offer was fair. We chose to sell it back and use the money to buy another car.
For now though, off to the car market we go. Come back for the next entry about the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.