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- October 9, 2018 at 11:18 am #165427
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A car dealer that bought unroadworthy vehicles at auction for knock-down prices and sold them on for a profit without undertaking any repairs has been
[See the full post at: Car dealer jailed for selling death traps to unsuspecting customers]October 9, 2018 at 12:29 pm #165448
so £ 471000 and he struggled to make ends meet
where has the money goneOctober 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm #165449
sharks like him give the industry a bad nameOctober 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm #165450
Father of one sells ‘complete deathtrap’ cars to other families making £400k profit and gets 10 months in prison (??) And the law hears a ‘poor me’ plea of hardship as mitigation. Until used car sales are properly licensed he can (and surely will) return to selling cars this way – as he did the last time. Regulation needed in this area to out these rogues; clearly TSI measures are NOT ENOUGH to save innocent lives in future.October 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm #165451
we have been selling cars for a long time now and pride ourselves with our reputation, and quality of our cars also the amount of care we take in ensuring the car is as safe as possiable carring out repairs servicing and MOT’ing before the customer picks it up.
Unfortunatly this eats into an already tight profit margens and compered with others this makes our cars expensive.
A price todays public are not prepered to swallow, THINKING WE ARE the sharks!!
So to save a few hundred quid thinking its a bargain go and buy one from some dodgy back street dealer
I am sorry I do not have a lot of sympathy for these pepole. But I did not make them buy it, and have seen it so many times over the years, usually in the garage side of my business putting wright what these dodgy dealers won’t. I agree we need some form of regulation and they deserve all they get but it would be impossible to police as they can dissapear overnight
If you are driven by the depth of your pocket be sure you know what you are buying if its cheap its cheap for a reason.
Security and safety comes at a cost.
Basically you don’t go to Tesco and exspect Harrods service and qualityOctober 9, 2018 at 5:27 pm #165452
In mitigation it was said that the economic climate was against him? Really?
What was against him his own total dishonesty. The article also says he sold most of these cars for double what he paid for them so where is the money now? He should be locked up until the people he conned get reimbursed!
I take Steph Savill’s point but I’m not sure that licensing would have helped in this case. He has been a repeat offender and obviously has no morals or concern for anybody except himself. He should have been shut down earlier!October 9, 2018 at 8:46 pm #165454
Paul Taylor has it right. Many many people rate a bargain solely on price. This applies to used car purchase and maintenance. Have seen almost as bad from main dealers and car supermarkets. Buyer beware. Get someone to check it before you buy. Insurance based warranties are worthless, don’t even go there!October 20, 2018 at 9:26 am #165915
The worst offenders by far are private Car and Van sellers selling from home. They can legally sell a vehicle in poor and dangerous condition and not declare the condition of the vehicle and lie !! Then only to state on a piece of scruffy paper ” SOLD AS SEEN ” The customer ends up with a death trap and no come back. There is no legislation.October 25, 2018 at 9:22 pm #166051
I agree with the chap who runs a mot garage and car sales and not just because i also run the same business, customers are driven by cost every time, even though they should realise they are risking their lives and others every single time they drive it, get real and realise you get what you pay 4.
Buy cheap buy a death trap