Separate emotion and "fairness" out of it and stick to the facts and maybe you will understand the point here. Here are the facts which I will line item to help you think through them in order since something is not connecting for you.I still fail to see how getting the car free for a year and getting all your money back, or getting a free fix and $7k is a raw deal. If you don't want the reduced performance of the car, and don't want to just keep it, you get a full refund. If you don't mind a reduction in performance, because it's still the best combination of things available for that style vehicle, then you get $7k. If you want the car you paid for, you get the car you paid for.
All owners with non 2015 vehicles are getting Nada clean trade in value from 9/15. Nada is an independent third party.
2015 values that weren't available from Nada are being calculated at 29% depreciation regardless of when you bought the vehicle. Where did they get 29% from?
29% depreciation doesn't happen in a day, week, month, or year from the time of purchase except in very few cases. Average new vehicle depreciation in the US is 19% in 12 months.
VW was strictly prohibited by the wording of the CAS to influence owners decisions about the fix vs selling back.
By giving a heavily depreciated value they slightly tilt the scale towards repair for the vehicles that are easier and likely cheaper for them to repair. See the above point. They aren't supposed to do that.
What aren't people getting here? This thread is based on the fact that the vehicles are being assigned a value which neither represents the real value of them at the time of the scandal or is in line with the plethora of data they could have used to determine a fair value. If you think the fix money is fine well great! Again, I'm not saying it's not a valid option, it certainly is. What I'm saying is a $30,000 vehicle wasn't worth $20,000 a day, week, or few months after it was purchased. The figure they used isn't based in reality. On top of that, the mod value is based of a percentage of that fictitious value so in theory it should be higher too. It's not a horrible deal really, but by accepting it you should admit to yourself that it's based off fake math and you're selling yourself a bit short in the face of a payday.