Problems regarding emission rating approvals are the norm these days. We do not have to be secretive about the fact, that most of these problems are linked with vehicles originating from the Volkswagen group - more specifically Škoda, Audi, Seat or Volkswagen directly.
After the fiasco, that we now know under the name Dieselgate, multiple changes came into play.
The most prominent change came directly from the EU after uncovering the practices behind the methods aimed to cheat the emission tests. An avalanche of debates and meetings focused on emission control and their enforcement took place. Other than that, ecological impact of diesel engines on environment was heavily debated too.
These changes are of course felt by the consumers, especially Škoda customers. Their most major change includes the complete exclusion of diesel engines in their latest Fabia models.
Other than that, many changes include the downsizing of petrol engines which you will find only in 3 cylinder variants and with cubic capacity equal or lower than 1 liter.
Dieselgate and its influence on business
Entrepreneurs and car resellers can heavily feel the negative impact of Dieselgate, maybe even more than regular consumer.
Many cars that were ordered, or even pre-ordered did not reach their lawful owners and it will not be the case anytime soon. In practice it means, that all startups, new businesses or even established companies waiting for their car fleet refresh are at an disadvantage as they have problem with availability of cars directly from the source.
If you have already ordered a car, you are surely curious what is the manufacturing status, shipping date and if the car will pass the emission tests.One thing is sure - you do not have to worry, that your car is not manufactured yet.
More problematic is the shipping, since the Dieselgate affair came to light. Many of these cars ended up in Mladá Boleslav, where Škoda bought lucrative plots of land near the airport. They are planned to be used as a office and manufacturing space, but at this moment it is used as a makeshift storage space for vehicles that will be still evaluated.
Sooner or later these cars will reach their owners, but until then, they are staying here and will be shipped after emission committee approval.
If you are an enterpreneur, that got backed into a corner because of vehicle availability, you do not have to lose hope yet. In emergency situations there are alternative methods how to cover the absence of vehicles in your car park. The most effective and simple method is car rental. Companies like RAI Internacional offer long term car rental for the whole Slovak region through their division RAI Lease. If long term rental is not needed you can use their car rental division RAI Rent for short term rental. If a situation should arise, that you have to return your car or you are already waiting for your new car, try out these long or short term rental services and focus on your business without any drawbacks.