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Car dealer admits to clocking vehicles

BY STEVEN ALEXANDER

A car dealer has admitted selling or trying to sell six "clocked" cars in a case described by officials as one of the worst they've seen for years.

Michael Alexander Gahan, formerly of Petrie Place, Limavady, pleaded guilty to three fraud charges and a further 10 under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The investigation started after a consumer alleged Mr Gahan was selling clocked vehicles.

Trading Standards inquiries revealed he sold four vehicles to unsuspecting buyers.

Mr Gahan also offered a fifth to Trading Standards officers, and advertised a sixth on the Used Cars NI website.

In some cases, more than 90,000 miles were wiped off the odometer.

Damien Doherty of the Trading Standards Service said: "This is one of the worst cases of car clocking the department has seen for many years. The number of vehicles uncovered and the degree by which their mileages had been altered, points to a systematic clocking operation by Mr Gahan."

Sentencing was adjourned.

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