Property Owner Ticketed After Using Parking Lot to Store Cheating VW TDI Cars

It turns out finding somewhere to put 100,000 cars is harder than it seems.

Michael Simari

Volkswagen has been storing some of its more than 100,000 bought-back TDI-equipped cars in various places around the country as the automaker wades through the . One such location appears to have become a bit of a problem. The city of Pontiac has cited the property owners of the blighted Silverdome, a former NFL stadium where the Detroit Lions played from 1975 to 2001, for turning the site into a massive parking lot for diesel-powered VWs in limbo.

The that Pontiac has issued six citations to Triple Investment Group, ranging from improper security of the cars to lacking a business license to store them there. Triple Investment Group has owned the 127-acre site since 2009, when it bought it in a city auction for $583,000.

Car and Driver to the property owners, as well as the city of Pontiac and Volkswagen, on Thursday. A VW spokesman told C/D earlier this year that the company was keeping the cars maintained at various sites around the U.S., including the Silverdome, until a final fix is made for the cars or until they are otherwise recycled in some form.

Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to that would trick emissions testers. It has since agreed to pay out billions of dollars, including setting aside some $11.2 billion to offer buybacks for more than half a million affected cars.

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