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Friday, 12 June 2015

Heavy fines for car dealers who sold a dangerous vehicle - Car Dealer Magazine

Car Dealer Magazine reports (12 June) that two car dealers have each been fined £5,000 by Truro Magistrates after selling a dangerous vehicle. The Western Morning News also has the story, here. Nigel Rees and Ian Lewis were convicted of selling a dangerously unroadworthy car, contrary to the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

Rees would buy salvage vehicles from insurance firms and sell them on. Lewis was sometimes involved in carrying out repairs and helping to make the sale. The case related to a Mitsubishi Pajero, which had been advertised for sale on the side of a road. It was sold for £650 but later found to have ‘serious defects’. It had to be scrapped after a several serious faults were discovered, including defective brake hoses and severe chassis corrosion.

The defendants were also ordered to pay costs of £3,400, compensation of £400 and a £200 victim surcharge.

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