Car dealer fined over 'clocked' BMW sale
A Newry man has been fined a total of £5,000 for operating as a hidden car dealer and selling a 'clocked' car which had been declared an insurance write-off.
Paul Finnegan (27) yesterday pleaded guilty to 10 charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 at Newry Magistrates Court.
Finnegan, from Greenfield Park, admitted selling a BMW 320d M Sport which was 'clocked' by at least 32,500 miles.
The court heard that the car had been a write-off, had been superficially fixed and sold by Finnegan to an unsuspecting consumer. After a short time it started displaying significant mechanical defects which aroused the consumer's suspicion and a complaint was made to the Trading Standards Service.
It launched an investigation into Finnegan's online trading activities and discovered that he was a car trader who had advertised a large number of cars for sale online while posing as a private individual - a criminal offence.