Dodgy car dealer fined £5k
Warwickshire based Akmal Riaz sold the blue Skoda Felicia Estate for £400 from his dealership A R Motors, after the unsuspecting customer saw the car advertised on eBay.
However, almost as soon as she took delivery, it was clear that all was not well with her new purchase.
It exhibited serious faults, including missing nuts where the suspension should have been secured to the chassis – making a serious loss of control while driving a near inevitability.
Further problems included damaged brake pipes and corrosion to the exhaust and drive shaft.
After receiving complaints from the buyer, Warwickshire County Council undertook an independent examination of the car and found eight serious faults meaning it would have failed an MOT test.
Following the case, Simon Cripwell of Warwickshire County Council's trading standards team said: "Within a week of the purchase, the car began to exhibit problems. The consumer took it to a garage to be looked at and was advised at that point to seek advice from Trading Standards," reported the Coventry Telegraph.
Riaz had denied the single charge of selling an unroadworthy vehicle, but was found guilty at Nuneaton Magistrates Court.
He also pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching consumer protection relating to unfair trading regulations and a further charge of breaching the Companies Act 2006.
As well as being fined £5,500, Riaz was ordered to pay his victim £400 in compensation, as well as £5,000 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
A R Motors has subsequently moved from its premises in Oxford Road, Princethorpe and is now trading from Banbury road, Southam.