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What are the claims about?
Which vehicles are eligible to join? 
Does this apply to petrol or diesel vehicles?
How can I check if my vehicle is eligible to join? 
Are vehicles that are associated with Nissan/Renault eligible to claim i.e. Dacia, Infinti etc? 
Can I make a claim if I no longer own the car?
Does it matter if I bought my car second hand? 
Can I claim for more than one car? 
Does it matter where I bought my car? 
Can I bring a claim if I bought my vehicle on finance? 
Can I bring a claim if my vehicle is leased? 
Can I bring a claim if I have a company car? 
If I am about to purchase the vehicle, am I eligible?
What vehicle documents do I need to bring a claim?
What will it cost me to bring a claim? 
What happens if your claim is unsuccessful?
Can I use my own legal expenses insurance?
How long will the claims take?
Has anyone won the claim yet?
What is the claim worth?
Why should I instruct Leigh Day? 

What are the claims about?
 
Leigh Day is investigating a group action against Nissan and Renault over an alleged ‘defeat device’ fitted on some of their diesel cars in order to artificially reduce emissions to pass regulatory tests. We believe that the software used in the vehicles is unlawful under UK law and intend to bring legal claims for compensation on behalf of consumers who purchased affected vehicles. 
 
Leigh Day is further investigating claims on behalf of owners of Nissan petrol vehicles, who allege that their cars were not manufactured so as to effectively limit emissions throughout the life of the car. 
 
 
Which vehicles are eligible to join? 
 
If you bought or leased a diesel or petrol Nissan vehicle, or a diesel Renault vehicle since 2009, you can apply to join the claim. Please complete our online vehicle registration checker below, to confirm if your vehicle is eligible. 
 
Check if your vehicle is affected.
 
Does this apply to petrol or diesel vehicles?
 
The claim against Nissan relates to diesel and petrol vehicles. 
 
The claim against Renault related to diesel vehicles only. 
 
How can I check if my vehicle is eligible to join? 
 
Please complete our online vehicle registration checker below, to confirm if your vehicle is eligible to join the claim. 
 

 
Are vehicles that are associated with Nissan/Renault eligible to claim i.e. Dacia, Infinti etc? 

These vehicles are not covered by the current sign up process. However, to register your interest in bringing a claim in relation to these models, please contact us directly on NissanRenault@leighday.co.uk


Can I make a claim if I no longer own the car?

Provided you are able to confirm that your ex-vehicle is eligible, yes. You will need to check your vehicle registration number and we will ask you to provide us with your vehicle purchase documents. 
 
Does it matter if I bought my car second hand? 
 
It doesn’t matter. You are eligible to join the claim whether your vehicle was bought new or second hand. 
 
Can I claim for more than one car? 
 
Provided all the vehicles you want to claim for are eligible, yes. We will need you to complete a separate questionnaire for each of your vehicles. 
 
Does it matter where I bought my car? 
 
No, it does not matter where you bought your Nissan/Renault vehicle as long as it was bought in England & Wales. You are eligible to bring a claim against the manufacturer whether you bought your vehicle from a showroom, from a private seller or from a third party dealer, or if you bought the car for business purposes.
 
Can I bring a claim if I bought my vehicle on finance? 
 
Yes, provided you bought an eligible vehicle, you are able to bring a claim. 
 
Can I bring a claim if my vehicle is leased? 

Yes, if the contract is in your name and the vehicle is eligible, you are able to bring a claim. 
 
Can I bring a claim if I have a company car? 
 
Yes, if the contract is in your name and the vehicle is eligible, you are able to bring a claim. 

If I am about to purchase the vehicle, am I eligible? 

The claims are centred around the argument that, had the purchaser known about the emissions issue/ defective parts, then this would have been a significant factor in their decision to buy the vehicle or to continue to make payments under a finance agreement.
 
If knowledge of the emissions issue makes little or no difference to your decision to buy the vehicle, then you may not be able to claim. Please do contact us directly on NissanRenault@leighday.co.uk if you would like to discuss your specific circumstances.

 
What vehicle documents do I need to bring a claim? 
 
You do not need to have any documents to start your claim with Leigh Day. 
 
At some stage we will ask you to provide us with documents regarding the purchase of your vehicle including for e.g. the contract of sale or other proof of purchase, finance agreement and/or lease agreement. If you have these documents, then please place them somewhere safe until we request them. Do not worry if you no longer have these documents, we will be in touch with details about how to request them. 
 
What will it cost me to bring a claim? 
 
If your vehicle is eligible we will offer to act for you on a “No Win-No Fee’ basis. This means that we’ll deduct up to 35% (inclusive of VAT) of your damages if the claim is successful.  We provide two worked examples below to assist your understanding: 
 
Awarded compensation                                       After deductions, the minimum amount you will receive
£7,500 £4,875
£2,500 £1,625

 
If the claim is unsuccessful you will not have to pay anything. Our Success Fee, the insurance premium and any funder’s fees will never be more than 35% of your damages, irrespective of the number of claimants within the group.
 
Once you have checked that you are eligible to bring a claim, we will ask you to read through our funding agreement and sign the same. You will then be a client of the firm. 

What happens if your claim is unsuccessful? 

If you lose (that is, you get no money back from the Defendants), then you do not have to pay us anything.
 
We will arrange insurance to protect you against the risk of losing and having to pay the Nissan/ Renault Group’s legal costs.

 
Can I use my own legal expenses insurance?
 
You may have alternative ways of funding your claim (other than the funding package we are offering). For example:
 
  • Legal expenses insurance. Many home insurance products include legal expenses insurance either automatically or as an optional add-on. You should contact your insurers to check.
  • If you are a member of a trade union, you should check whether the union will fund you. 
  • If you have such an alternative source of funding, then it may be cheaper for you to use it than the funding package we are offering. We are not offering to act via such legal expenses insurance/union funding, so if you wish to use it you may need to instruct another firm. 

How long will the claims take?

At this early stage, it is impossible for us to give an accurate prediction of timescale. As with any legal claim, there are some things within our control and some things outside our control. Much will depend on the Defendants’ response to the legal claim.
 
In our experience group claims of this type may take 2 to 5 years to progress through the Court, but it could take longer. As a client you will be provided with regular updates, particularly in relation to the timescale for next steps which can be predicted more accurately than for the case as a whole.
 
Has anyone won the claim yet? 

This is the first time that these types of claims are being brought against Nissan and Renault in the English courts. Leigh Day is one of the country’s leading law firms and bringing group actions on behalf of consumers is one of our key areas of speciality. Leigh Day are joint-lead lawyers in a similar emissions litigation on behalf of Volkswagen owners and recently won the first round of the case against Volkswagen in the UK High Court. 
 
What is the claim worth? 

The types of legal claims we would recommend you bring will depend on your individual circumstances (such as when you bought your vehicle, whether you bought it from an authorised dealer and whether it was paid for using finance). As such it is impossible to say that all claims will be worth a certain amount.
 
For those clients who are eligible to bring a claim under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (“CPUT”) (those being people who bought their vehicle on or after 1 October 2014, via an approved dealer or using approved finance and for non-business use) are entitled to recover a discount on payments made ranging from 25% to 100%. The compensation recoverable under other types of claim is more dependent on proving loss and a lower amount may be recoverable than under CPUT.

 
Why should I instruct Leigh Day? 
 
Leigh Day is one of the country's leading law firms, we are not a claims management company. Bringing group actions on behalf of consumers is one of Leigh Day's key areas of specialty and we have been involved in some of the largest group actions ever taken in the UK.

We are joint-lead lawyers in the emissions litigation on behalf of UK Volkswagen owners, and recently won the first round of the case against Volkswagen in the UK High Court.
 
In that case we argued that Volkswagen had deceived car owners as to the compliance of vehicles with EU Emissions Regulations. Lawyers for the UK drivers argued that Volkswagen engines contained defeat device software which sensed when the vehicle was being tested and so artificially reduced emissions in order to pass that test.

Volkswagen has always argued that the software did not meet the legal definition of a defeat device and so was not illegal. However, in April 2020 the High Court in London found that the decision by the KBA, the German road vehicle authority, that the software was a ‘defeat device’ was binding in the English High Court. Volkswagen was recently refused permission to appeal the judgment. 

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