Local trader sells dangerous car
Published on 10 November 2010
Telford & Wrekin Council's Trading Standards have secured a conviction against a Telford trader who sold an unroadworthy vehicle to a local couple with a young baby.
Gary Blowers formerly trading as Junction 6 Motors in Hadley was found guilty on 9 November 2010 at Telford Magistrates Court, of supplying an unroadworthy vehicle, misleading a consumer into believing that the car was in good condition and restricting their legal rights.
Mr Blowers was fined £500, £750 and £750 respectively. Mr Blowers had previously pleaded guilty to failing to state his name on a business receipt for which he was fined £300. Mr Blowers was ordered to pay compensation of £1,085 and a costs contribution of £1,200.
The car was examined by an independent examiner who found several faults, including defective brakes and suspension.
Anita Hunt, Trading Standards Manager, said: Telford & Wrekin Trading Standards service is currently focussing on the sales of second hand cars in Telford and Wrekin and will take appropriate action if traders are found offering for sale, or supplying, unroadworthy vehicles or making false or misleading statements.
My advice to potential car buyers is to always take it for a test drive and check the car for faults in the daylight. Take someone with you if you don't know much about cars and check whether the car has been involved in an accident. Check the receipt for statements such as spares or repairs or sold as seen as this may be attempt to take away your legal rights.
If you need advice before buying a second hand car contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 or log on to www.consumerdirect.gov.uk