Anthony Luck and partner Leigh Mullen, who traded as ANT Autos Ltd in Salford, claimed they were running a legitimate garage business but were actually operating an unlicensed scrap yard.
The pair claimed they weren’t running an illegal scrap yard to town hall officers while standing next to a sign reading: “Wanted, scrap cars and vans. Best prices paid.”
Luck eventually admitted to trading standards that he didn’t think he would be able to get the appropriate licence because of a previous conviction.
The two men pleaded guilty to four offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 when they appeared before magistrates in Manchester earlier this month.
Councillor Gena Merrett, assistant mayor for housing and environment, said: “Mr Luck was well aware he should have applied for a licence, but chose to ignore the law and carry on trading.
“His claim of being just a repair garage with advertising signs and evidence all around that he was actually a scrap metal dealer was simply ridiculous and he has finally faced the consequences of his actions.”
ANT Autos was fined £1,100 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.
Luck was also fined £1,200, ordered to pay £1,000 costs and Mullen was fined £550 and ordered to pay £500 in costs.
The prosecution was the first by a council under new legislation which came into force in 2013 to clamp down on rogue scrap dealers.