Was in the Pacific NW recently and was very surprised to see around 800 VW TDIs, various models, in storage at the the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen, WA. What will happen to all these vehicles?
GoFaster is correct.If they can't be fixed cheap and sold, then they (VW) can simply place them back on a ship and move them to either South America or elsewhere (countries with lax emission rules) and sell them there.
This I didn't know. I do agree with you, its a complete waste of resources......unless they (VW) already know that a fix is possible.GoFaster is correct.
Part of the EPA deal VW made is that VW must fix or destroy the cars before exporting them.
It's a complete waste of resources if you ask me.
Its a tough time to do that. Scrap steel is so worthless you now need to pay someone to take it. Even the dump charges to take steel same as garbage. Some auto wreckers are in real trouble. Stacking cars 5+ high is also dangerous to yard workers and pickers alike.
That may be correct, I haven't read the documentation, but it's illogical to think that if this is the case that these vehicles will be anything other than scrap after they're taken back. Financially it's too expensive to fix / refit these to be complaint, I would expect them to all go away one way or another.
This may be true for the new ones that weren't allowed in to the US. I would have thought that the first sign of trouble about this that VW would have loaded them back up and sent them elsewhere, but apparently that didn't happen.If they're stuck "in port", that sounds like they haven't finished the importation process and could still be sent elsewhere.
... and what would the difference be?Is the definition of "destroy" going to be crushing, or just the 3 inch hole in the engine blocks?
Literally worthless.Scrap iron prices are improving. A good scrap yard uses a crusher to flatten cars into pancakes.