It's not a one-step process for a dirty diesel owner to take advantage of VW's deal here. You first need to sign up for the Goodwill Package online. Once you get the cards from VW, you then need to drive your affected 2.0-liter TDI vehicle over to a VW dealer, who can activate the cards. VW has made it clear that vehicles with the 3.0-liter V6 TDI are not eligible for the Goodwill Program because, "Volkswagen is currently investigating the allegations regarding 3.0L V-6 engines set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board on November 2 and is cooperating fully with the agencies."
Owners have until April 30, 2016 to register for the Goodwill Package. Also, if you sold or otherwise got rid of your dirty diesel after the bad news came in September but before November 8th, you can't get the $1,000. You can get all of the official details here.
On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board notified Volkswagen that certain 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI vehicles do not comply with applicable emissions regulations.
Over the past several weeks, we've apologized to our loyal customers about the 2.0L TDI emissions issue. As we work tirelessly to develop a remedy, we ask for your continued patience.
In the meantime, we're providing affected 2.0L TDI® owners with a $500 Volkswagen Prepaid Visa® Loyalty Card, a $500 Volkswagen Dealership Card, and no-charge 24-hour Roadside Assistance for three years*. We sincerely hope you see this as a first step toward restoring your invaluable trust.
Find out if your vehicle is affected by the 2.0L TDI emissions issue and whether you are eligible to receive the Goodwill Package.
Please note that VW Touareg TDI models are not included in this program.
*Restrictions apply. Goodwill Package available only to registered owners or lessees as of November 8, 2015 of affected 2.0L TDI vehicles who can provide VIN and other requested verification data. Limit one per affected vehicle as confirmed by unique VIN; cards may not be transferred or sold. Affected owners must register for the Goodwill Package by April 30, 2016 and comply with all Program Rules, including activating at participating dealership within one year of issuance. Volkswagen Prepaid Visa Loyalty Cards are issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. This card can be used anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Dealership card can only be used at participating Volkswagen of America dealerships. Both cards expire one year after date of issuance upon registration for the Goodwill Package. Void where prohibited and outside U.S. and Puerto Rico. See vwdieselinfo.com or call 1-800-822-8987 for important eligibility, registration, activation, and other Program Rules.