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Quebec Volkswagen owner wants money back after emissions scandal

"When you’re sitting in the office with the car dealership representative, they talk to you about how clean the diesel engine is,” says disappointed Volkswagen owner.

VW Golf owner is ashamed of his 'polluting machine' and wants Volkswagen to buy back his car

The Volkswagen Golf, shown in 2012, is one of five Canadian diesel VW models affected by the recall. (Associated Press)

Volkswagen-owners and even some dealers are feeling deceived, after it came to light that the German automaker fitted many of its diesel vehicles with software designed to rig emissions tests.

​Lachine, Que. resident Mark Papineau and his wife bought a new VW Golf about a year ago. It was their first brand new car and it didn't come cheap: after warranty and expenses, the pricetag was about $40,000.

It's a huge deception. I don't want the vehicle anymore- Mark Papineau, owner of a VW Golf

Papineau said the car's clean emissions was a selling point.

"It was sold to us as a clean, diesel vehicle that had passed strict California emissions regulations and we were really attracted to that point," Papineau told CBC Montreal's Daybreak.

He said if he had known then what he knows now, he would never have purchased the Golf.

"It's not a small lie, it's a huge deception. I don't want the vehicle anymore."

Papineau said he's lost his trust in the company.

He's hoping the company will be willing to take the car back and reimburse him.

"I'm driving down the street yesterday and today and I feel people are looking at me in my polluting machine."

Volkswagen dealer

Volkswagen dealers also feel deceived by the scandal.

Mike Sayig, owner of Centre-Ville Volkswagen in Montreal's Griffintown district, was about to sell one of the vehicles affected by the recall on Monday, when he got a call from Volkswagen Canada.

"This is something we're trying to get our heads around," he told CBC's Daybreak.

"It's certainly a blow to trust. I can only hope that given our strong history and our strong relations, that we'll be able to overcome this."

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