A director of a second-hand car business who misled consumers over the cars they bought, including failing to tell buyers their vehicles had previously been written off, and has been sentenced at Hull Magistrates Court.
Todor Neychev, 37, of West Hull admitted three offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and one under the Road Traffic Act between April and May 2017.
Neychev was sentenced at Hull Magistrates Court, following an investigation by Trading Standards officers from Hull City Council. For the three offences the Company, Top Carz Hull Ltd was fined £750 and ordered to pay £3,100 compensation and costs of £1,500. Neychev was fined £250 as a director of the Company for neglecting to comply with unfair trading requirements.
The unfair trading and road traffic offences committed included:
• selling an unroadworthy Mercedes car which had broken springs and corroded brake pipes
• failing to inform consumers about the previous history of written-off cars before sale
• •offering to supply previously written-off cars without declaring the previous insurance history on four cars.
Neychev was interviewed in May 2017 and admitted being responsible for the business and promised to resolve the consumer complaints – however, he then failed to do so.
“Car dealers have a duty to advise consumers at the earliest opportunity of any adverse history of the vehicle, such as it being an insurance write-off.
“Failure to declare such facts breaches the regulations and ultimately consumers are put at a disadvantage as the value of the vehicle can be far less than the actual purchase price”.
The Trading Standards Service has in place a Motor Trade Partnership and car dealers who are members of this scheme have agreed to abide by a strict code of conduct when dealing with the public.
For details of the members of the Motor Trade Partnership, please visit http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page-_pageid=221,945722&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
Should the public require any advice in buying motor vehicles they should speak to Citizens’ Advice Consumer Service on: 03454 040506.