Car clocking Northern Ireland trader cut miles on 'one lady owner' Corolla from 154,773 miles to 80,000
A Northern Ireland motor trader has been fined £500 and ordered to pay two customers compensation of £800 and £1740 for clocking the mileage and falsely describing vehicles.
In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service, Kieran Patrick Maguire (26), of Glendore Park, Omagh pleaded guilty at Omagh Magistrates’ Court to five charges of advertising and selling a 2005 Toyota Corolla and a 2009 Skoda Superb to two different costumers in 2015.
Maguire, who advertised the vehicles on the Gumtree and Done Deal websites, falsely described the cars in respect of mileages, previous ownership and MOT histories.
A 2005 Toyota Corolla purchased by a Fintona motorist had its mileage reduced from 154,773 miles to 80,000 miles and was described as 'having one lady owner, genuine miles and service history'. The car had multiple owners and an incorrect MOT record supplied.
A 2009 Skoda Superb sold to a Newtownabbey driver had its mileage reduced from 277,385 to 118,000 miles. The car was advertised with full Skoda history which was shown to be incorrect during the investigation.
Both vehicles had substantial mechanical breakdowns and the purchasers incurred expenditure which was reflected in compensation awarded by the judge in his decision.
Eamon McPartland of the Trading Standards Service said: “Car dealers have a responsibility to ensure that all descriptions applied to vehicles are truthful and are not misleading to consumers. Traders must therefore provide consumers with all material information regarding a vehicle. It is the duty of the trader to ensure all important checks are conducted on vehicles and that all important information is made known to the potential buyer to allow them to make an informed decision on whether or not to buy the car.”