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Car dealer fined for selling clocked BMW with a false service history – 25/08/2011

A County Londonderry motor trader has been fined a total of £1,000 for operating as a ‘hidden car trader’ and selling a clocked BMW car with a false Vehicle Test Certificate and service history.

Anthony Ryan Hazlett (31), Meadowvale Park, Limavady, pleaded guilty to four charges at Limavady Magistrate’s Court in a case brought by the Trading Standards Service (TSS) of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

In January 2010, the Trading Standards Service received a complaint that Mr Hazlett had sold a BMW motor car with an incorrect mileage. The vehicle had been advertised on a car selling website with 74,000 miles when in fact its correct mileage should have read in the region of 152,231 miles. A matching false service history was also supplied with the car.

When Trading Standards investigated the trading activities of the individual who placed that particular advert, it transpired that Mr Hazlett had placed other car adverts without declaring that he was a car trader.

Raymond Dolan of the Trading Standards Service said: “The general public has the right to know the bona fides of the individual from whom they are buying. Mr Hazlett was obliged to declare his true status as a car trader. Furthermore, he was also obliged to establish the true history of the vehicle prior to its sale. The hidden car trade is all too prevalent in the North West and it is something that Trading Standards Service investigates on an ongoing basis.

“Anyone who believes they have been sold counterfeit goods should contact Domain Scams on 0300 123 6262 or log on to the Domain Scams website.”

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