Antrim car trader fined after selling ‘clocked’ car to disabled pensioner


A car trader has been fined after selling a ‘”clocked” car to a disabled pensioner.

Flavius Preda pled guilty at Ballymena Magistrates Court to three charges after he sold a car to a man with 100,000 miles more on it than the odometer said.

At the time of sale it said the car mileage was 116,000 miles, although evidence showed it had actually travelled at least 216,000 miles.

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The customer was misled by Preda, who was posing as a private seller, regarding the true mileage of the car, the reading on the odometer and the gumtree advertisement and an MOT certificate that was supplied with the vehicle.

He was found guilty under Regulations 5 and 12 of The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

Andrina Kelly of the Trading Standards Service said: “Car traders have a responsibility to ensure that all descriptions applied to vehicles are truthful and not misleading to consumers.

“It is the duty of the trader to ensure that checks are conducted on vehicles and the onus is on the trader to satisfy themselves that the mileage of a vehicle is accurate and also to provide the consumer with all material information regarding the vehicle.”

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