A Limavady motor trader was fined a total of £200 and ordered to pay compensation of £630 at Antrim Magistrate’s Court for selling a clocked car to a Saintfield consumer.
In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Thomas James O’Connor (50) whose address was given as Glenview Drive, Limavady, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
This investigation was initiated after a complaint was made to the Trading Standards Service (TSS). The complainant alleged that a Peugeot 207 motor car was advertised, on the Gumtree internet website, with a false mileage indication. The advertisement stated that the mileage was 76,000. In fact the car, previously owned by a driving instructor, had travelled in the region of 142,000 miles.
Investigations by the Trading Standards Service also revealed that the seller had advertised 30 vehicles on the Gumtree website, over a two year period.
Eamon Mc Partland of the Trading Standards Service said: “Car dealers must ensure that all descriptions applied to vehicles are truthful. Additionally, they must not leave out anything important that might affect a consumer’s decision to buy a car. They must also ensure that, in their advertisements, consumers are left in no doubt that they are dealing with a motor trader. In this case, Mr O’ Connor’s behaviour in the sale of the vehicle fell well short of the trading practices expected of traders selling used cars to consumers.”
Anyone who believes they have been sold goods which have been falsely described should contact Consumerline on 0300 123 6262.