Hot Commodity: Late-Model Volkswagen TDIs, New or Used, Are Rare and Selling for a Bundle

Volkswagen Beetle TDI

Although Volkswagen has paid dearly for its mistakes leading up to its diesel-emissions scandal, most owners of 2.0-liter TDI models have emerged relatively well off, thanks to the restitution and buyback terms of the $10 billion settlement program. Volkswagen dealerships haven’t fared too badly, either, with their $1.2 billion settlement. And now they appear to be making a bundle selling new, modified four-cylinder TDI models—while they last—as well as every used TDI they can, at prices inflated by market demand and short supply.

The going rate for a new, emissions-modified 2015 VW TDI model—yes, a two-year-old car, including the Jetta, Golf, Beetle, and Passat—is its original sticker price. A $5000 customer bonus does apply in many instances, but in some cases dealerships are writing that out, too.

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