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Monday, 28 July 2014

Dealer fined for selling unroadworthy Mercedes car

The Trading Standards Institute reports that a Bournemouth dealer, Simon Bentley, has been fined for two offences (though not the £7,000 reported by Automotive Management - more like £500) and ordered to pay compensation. He sold a Mercedes Benz C180 which was unroadworthy (an offence under the Road Traffic Act) and which he described as having had only one owner when in fact it had had three (an offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations). The purchaser had taken it to a garage to have the oil changed and been told that it was missing an anti-roll bar, which it turned out had been removed on the instructions of the dealer. It also transpired that the car had been in an accident and Trading Standards found that it had been a Category D write-off.

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