Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Car dealer fined £500 over Trading Standards breaches

A Co Antrim car dealer has been fined for wrongly describing the model of a car and other charges.

Kenneth Lowe of Lowes of Larne was taken to court by Trading Standards following two consumer complaints.

He pleaded guilty to six charges at Antrim Magistrates Court yesterday.

He was fined £500 on one charge and was given a conditional discharge for 18 months for the other five. He was also ordered to pay £1,600 in compensation.

The first complaint was from a woman who bought a Golf in December 2008, which had ‘GTI’ on the bodywork, display information card and the key fob.

But the customer later discovered the vehicle was not a GTI but was a lower-spec model. The vehicle had also been described as being ‘RAC inspected’ which also turned out to be untrue.

Nor had she been told that the vehicle was an import from the Republic. She returned the car and was given just under £2,000 less than she had paid.

The second complainant also bought a Golf which had been advertised in a newspaper with the claim ‘Lowes of Larne sell all cars with a full RAC inspection report’. The car had never been inspected.