Volkswagen’s corporate market value has plummeted in the wake of revelations that certain versions of its diesel cars contain software designed to bypass emissions control devices; used VW diesel car prices also have dipped, but in a considerably less dramatic fashion. Of the used VW diesel cars with this software for sale on Cars.com, only the Golf’s and Jetta SportWagen’s asking prices have dropped more than their comparable gas-powered versions on a consistent basis. Price changes are mixed for versions of the Jetta sedan, Beetle and Passat.
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To see how prices have fared, we looked at average asking prices in Cars.com’s national inventory just before the revelations came out on Sept. 18 and compared them with the car’s average asking price on Sept. 30. Here’s what we found:
For 2009 and 2010 model years, the Jetta’s gas-powered trim level actually saw a bigger price drop than the TDI diesel version, but the trend changes with the 2011 through 2014 model years when the diesel’s average asking price sees greater percentage declines. For 2015 models, the diesel’s asking price is actually up. In the below chart, versions marked TDI are the diesel trims; all others are gasoline-powered.