Over three quarters of car owners (78%) would want financial compensation from the manufacturer they bought their vehicle from if it was involved in an emissions scandal, according to new research.
A survey by Venson Automotive Solutions told AM sister title Fleet News that higher income earners were most likely to seek compensation; 78% of those people earning an income of more than £20,000 per annum agreed with this statement, as did 84% those earning more than £40,000 per annum.
When asked who they think should be responsible for validating vehicle emissions testing, the majority (51%) said an independent body.
One in four believes the Government has a duty to motorists in validating testing, while manufacturers got the lowest vote.
Worryingly, 45% of those surveyed said they wouldn’t buy diesel in the future, as a result of the emissions scandal.
Samantha Roff, managing director for Venson Automotive Solutions, said: “It’s interesting to note the vast majority of our respondents would seek compensation from the manufacturer if their car was impacted by the emissions issue.
“With news reports suggesting that over a million diesel vehicles, in the UK, are involved in the scandal, motor manufacturers could be facing hefty compensations bills.”