Belfast dealer Gareth Campbell fined £2k for sale of clocked car
A Belfast car dealer who sold a clocked vehicle while claiming to be a private seller has been fined a total of £2,000.
Gareth Campbell pleaded guilty to one charge under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and was found guilty of two further charges at Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday.
A Trading Standards Service investigation was prompted by a complaint from a consumer who bought an Audi A3 car from Campbell (52), of Church Road, Belfast, in April last year.
At the time, Campbell was giving the impression he was a private seller. He was also operating under a false name.
The car was sold with 77,000 miles on the clock. It was only when the new owner took the car to get some work done on it that he discovered the vehicle's computer held a higher mileage reading.
He then complained to Trading Standards.
Subsequent investigations showed the Audi had actually travelled around 150,000 miles.
Evidence was also obtained showing Mr Campbell to be actively engaged in the sale of cars.