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Dealer fined for selling car which leaked oil

A motor trader was fined this week for selling a car which had a serious oil leak.

Trevor Moore Motors Ltd, of Carrickfergus, pleaded guilty at Belfast Magistrates Court to two charges under unfair trading regulations and was fined £200 plus £28 for court costs.

A customer bought the car from the dealer in August 2010 and soon discovered the leak. The Trading Standards Service said the company "refused to address the problem" and claimed the customer had been informed the car was "sold as for scrap".

The Trading Standards Service of DETI brought the case under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. These regulations make it an offence to attempt to restrict consumer rights by selling goods accompanied by conditional statements, such as "sold as seen".

Declan Brown, of the Trading Standards Service, said: "This retailer attempted to wash his hands of the car and was not prepared to accept any responsibility for what he had sold. The consumer clearly bought the car to use it, rather than for scrap and this was upheld by the court."