13/05/2002

Car dealer clocks maximum fine

A car dealer from Glengormley has been fined £5,000 for turning a car’s mileage meter back illegally.

James McCabe, from 2 St Anne’s Mews, Glengormley, was found guilty at Belfast Magistrates Court on Thursday May 9 of selling a car with 72,000 miles on the clock when in actual fact it really had 134,000 – nearly double the amount.

Following a complaint the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s (DETI) Trading Standards Service then launched an investigation into the sale of the car in Northern Ireland which led to Mr McCabe being charged under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968.

In passing sentence, the Magistrate, Mr Hamill, said that he took a very serious view of car clocking and, given Mr McCabe’s previous record of convictions for dealing in clocked motors, he was only sorry that in this case the law did not allow him to send Mr McCabe to jail.

A Trading Standards Service spokesperson said: “Not only do buyers end up paying more than they should, they may well find the condition of the vehicle to be much worse than they expect, leading to more expense further down the line. The penalty in this case should serve as a warning to traders that dealing in clocked cars can result in fines up to £5,000.”

(AMcE)


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