Dealer gets £14K fine for selling clocked Audi Q7

Man found guilty of four offences making it the second time he's been found to mislead customers

Dealer gets £14K fine for selling clocked Audi Q7
S Cars ltd in Shaw, Oldham.

An Oldham car dealer has been told to pay more than £14,000 after selling a clocked car.

Oldham Council’s Trading Standards Department launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from a customer who had bought an Audi Q7 and later discovered a discrepancy over the mileage.

During the investigation mileage records were obtained from a range of sources which showed that the car’s mileage had dropped by at least 30,000 miles.

Oldham-based S Cars then bought the vehicle at an auction and sold it on without making the buyer aware.

During a two-day trial earlier this month, evidence was presented which showed that the mileage discrepancy was on the car auction listing seen by S Cars before they purchased the vehicle.

This auction listing also included a list of previous MOT mileage readings showing the drop in the vehicle’s mileage.

S Cars did not mention this mileage discrepancy in their online advert or when they sold the car on to the customer.

The mileage had been advertised as warranted by the auction house, which meant S Cars had seven days to make enquiries into the mileage and return the vehicle to the auctioneer for a refund if they wished.

The court found S Cars Limited and Sanjib Saggar guilty of four offences under the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The magistrates also ruled that by advertising and selling the vehicle without failing to disclose the mileage discrepancy, or investigate it further, S Cars had not carried out any due diligence despite previously receiving advice on checking mileages from trading standards.

The defendants were ordered to pay a £4,000 fine, £6401.54 costs, £4,045 in compensation as well as a victim surcharge of £170.

Councillor Ateeque Ur Rehman, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “Saggar continues to pass himself off as an honest car salesman, but we’ve caught him out yet again.

“He could easily have returned the car and got his money back but he decided to sell it on and deceive an honest member of the public.

“Hopefully, his dishonest practices have now reached the end of the road.”

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    Tom
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    How about trading standards/the courts issue a real fine, one that will really deter these kind of dishonest traders from doing it in the first place..

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    lawrence wells
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    Mileage discrepancies are common, many the result of mot testers putting incorrect information in to dvla. from what I can read this guy bought it as warranted mileage from the auction. What is due diligence, if the auction warranted the mileage then the liability should be with them. I don’t know if this trader is a straight or dodgy but I can sympathise with him

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    Lawrence Wells
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    Mileage discrepancies are common, most the result of mot testers inputing incorrect information when testing. If the auction warranted the mileage the liability should be with them. I don’t know this trader but I can sympathise with him.

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    Minde Reich
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    This case went to the court and it shows how desperate this trader is in fooling everyone. Now he fooled himself. Car auctions do make aware all traders if mileage discrepancies are noted and the self-respecting trader would not offer a clocked car to anyone.

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