64% of people ‘do not care’ about the VW dieselgate scandal, and would still buy one of their cars despite the recent controversy, according to a survey conducted by this site.
The remaining 36% of those asked said that it had affected how they viewed the German manufacturer.
Now the dust has begun to settle on this long-running saga, these results suggest that – despite reports of huge financial losses at VW – their reputation will remain reasonably intact.
A few of those who responded to the survey believed that VW may not be the only organisation to have cheated on emissions tests.
One such respondent said, “Wouldn't bother me in the slightest, I have two VAG cars and the build quality is superb.
“Wouldn't surprise me if most if not all manufacturers do the same, the difference only being if you get caught”.
A second commenter also said that it wouldn’t affect their decision to purchase a Volkswagen or Audi car, “Wouldn't bother me at all. I read an article somewhere which claimed that outside of the Lab, people would actually get better MPG than that of the Lab results.
“How true this is I am not sure, and I took it with a pinch of salt.
“At the end of the day if MPG is what you are looking for in a car, check out the real world results on websites like Parkers.com, or even Fuelly.
“I know this is being very generalist and I personally feel global warming is happening but if saving the environment was that bigger a deal (as many claim in the articles that is what made them choose VW), you would also find other ways to commute instead of using a car.
“I knew a guy who biked everywhere he was that much against cars. There are also many cars out there that have better MPG figures.”
However, the fact remains that many people will find it hard to trust Volkswagen again.
Forum user CityEPete said, “I'm already stuck with one! Would I buy another? Maybe but it has affected my view I guess.”