How to Get In on a Volkswagen Class-Action Lawsuit

If you own one of the affected car models, you may not need to sign up with a law firm to collect on a settlement.

I own a Volkswagen Jetta TDI, a model implicated in the company's emissions cheating scandal, and I'd like to join a class-action lawsuit. How do I pick one? --A.P., New York

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Kimberly Lankford
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.