This is nuts! My son Tom’s pal Adam is as big a car guy as Tom and he made mention to him one day this summer that there were a load of VWs parked on the grounds of what used to be the South Weymouth Naval Air Station in Weymouth, Massachusetts. That’s about 4 miles from BangShift Eastern World HQ so I grabbed the boys and zipped over there to get a look at. To saw that Tom, Jack, and I were absolutely dumbstruck when we rounded a curve and saw hundreds if not more than 1,000 VW TDIs all parked on an open area on the property of the former base would be an understatement. Not only that, they are still trucking the things in there DAILY and not just a few at a time. These things are coming in droves.
Obviously these cars are part of the 400,000 car recall and ensuing buy back program VW instituted after getting caught violating the EPA’s emissions testing procedure. There are “regional facilities” all over the country in places like Detroit, Baltimore, and California. To the best of my knowledge VW is holding these cars while waiting to see if the EPA approves their plans to “fix” the machines and get them legal. After that we’re guessing they would have some sort of sales program to get rid of them. If the program is not approved? Well if that happens you are looking at a small sample of what’ll be the largest vehicle scrappage program a manufacturer has ever undertaken.
There’s a huge amount of waste here. These are all (by appearances) good looking and presumably good running cars. VW got busted, they got their asses fined off and if they had been forced to kick the owners some sort of compensation for the loss of resale value you wouldn’t be looking at all of this craziness in Weymouth and elsewhere across the country.
This is pretty wild stuff and theres’s plenty more room for them to add more cars. That’s a good thing because they are coming in droves from all over New England daily.
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