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Couple Takes VW Back To Dealership, Upset Over Emissions Testing Fraud

DENVER (CBS4)- Some Colorado Volkswagen diesel owners are showing their anger over the company's admitted fraud involving emissions testing.

One man has filed a lawsuit against the company. On Thursday, a Boulder couple tried to bring their car to a dealership and park it there hoping VW would buy it back.

Volkswagen has admitted it rigged its VW diesels to pass emissions tests, which then would spew excessive pollutants while on the road.

Driving their 2010 VW Jetta, Marcus Moench and his wife took the car to a dealership to give it back. They are among those enraged by the emissions testing fraud the manufacturer admits it conducted.

"We really don't want to have it on the street and we don't want to drive it," Moench said upon entering the dealership.

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Caught in the middle, the receptionist said she would try to set up a meeting with a manager.

Moench told her, "We brought our car for the purpose of lower emissions and we would really like to leave the car here."

She told them they could not leave the car there because of insurance issues.

The couple's visit to the dealer is part of a national campaign by the U.S. Public Interest Group to get VW to refund money to those who bought the diesels. Danny Katz is the director of CoPIRG, the Colorado chapter, Colorado Public Interest Research Group, of the national organization.

"We think the only way for so many customers is to give them their money back because they sold them something they did not get," said Katz.

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Meantime a lawsuit has been filed in federal court by Lucas Stanley of Gypsum alleging deceit and breach of contract asking for damages.

As for the Moenchs, when asked by CBS 4 what they would do now the wife, Elisabeth Caspari said, "I will catch a ride or just drive it home ultimately we are not going to be driving anymore."

Volkswagen has issued a statement apologizing and saying it is committed to finding a remedy as soon as possible.

CBS4's Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

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