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Northern Ireland car dealer fined for clocking vehicles

By Adrian Rutherford

A car dealer who sold vehicles which had been clocked has been fined and ordered to pay compensation.

Michael Molloy was fined a total of £500 and ordered to pay £2,860 compensation to two victims at Dungannon Magistrates Court.

Molloy (42) of Derrymagowan Road, Dungannon, pleaded guilty to five charges under The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The court heard that, following a complaint from one of Molloy's customers, the Trading Standards Service conducted an investigation which revealed he had sold a Volkswagen Passat which had been clocked by at least 67,000 miles in total. Another three cars he had advertised online had each been clocked by around 50,000 miles.

The court also heard that Molloy had advertised an Audi A6 on the Gumtree website which failed to disclose the vehicle was subject to Category D Insurance damage.

Charlene Conlon of the Trading Standards Service said: "We would like to make consumers aware that car clocking is still a major problem across Northern Ireland and we urge consumers to be vigilant when buying used cars and to try and carry out their own checks before deciding to purchase a vehicle."

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