Newry car dealer fined for selling wrote off vehicle
A Newry car dealer has been fined £250 and ordered to pay compensation of £1,750 having posted a false description of a Mini Cooper in an advert. The case was brought up by Trading Standards and the man pleaded guilty to the charge under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.
Trading Standards received a complaint from a consumer who bought the vehicle, only to discover it was registered as a category D insurance loss. Armagh Magistrates Court heard how the consumer was told the car was in mint condition, when it was in fact an insurance write off. Substantial work had also been done to the car to hide evidence of a previous accident.
Richard Knipe from the Trading Standards Service said, “Car buyers can easily be taken in by shiny paintwork which might conceal the truth about a car’s history. Most consumers don’t have a detailed knowledge of cars, and are entirely reliant on checks carried out by the car dealer and upon the car dealer being honest.”
He continued, “It is deplorable in the current economic climate that some unscrupulous car traders are tempted to misrepresent cars they are selling in order to gain an unfair commercial advantage over honest competitors at the expense of consumers. However rogue traders should be warned that the Trading Standards Service will not hesitate to take action against those who blatantly flout their legal obligations to the detriment of consumers and honest traders alike.”
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