Car dealers fined after Trading Standards investigation

Both dealers were found guilty by Stockport Magistrates following an Investigation by Trading Standards.

Used Car dealer Edward Hyland, trading as Number 1 Car Sales in High Lane, Stockport recently pleaded guilty to offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988, the Companies Act 2006 and The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, following a Trading Standards investigation.

Having received a customer complaint in 2019 about a car purchased from Number 1 Car Sales, Trading Standards investigated and discovered that the vehicle was exposed for sale in an unroadworthy condition. Mr Hyland failed to adequately check the roadworthiness of the vehicle prior to offering it for sale, showing a lack of professional diligence and, failed to make plain the name of the business on the invoice to the customer. Despite this, the complainant was able to make a successful claim in the Civil Court and receiving compensation for the full £2400 that they had paid for the car as well Mr Hyland buying the car back and paying full costs.

Stockport Magistrates fined Mr Hyland £5000 for the criminal offences instituted by Stockport Council.

Lee Holian, a second hand car dealer based in Widnes, entered guilty pleas at Stockport Magistrates court on 27 May 2021 to four offences under The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 in relation to a vehicle that he sold on 25 October 2019.

The vehicle that Mr Holian sold, and which ended up on a Stockport forecourt, displayed false mileage readings on the odometer and on the ‘for sale’ sign in the windscreen. Mr Holian failed to disclose the mileage discrepancy and continued to quote the false mileage during conversations with the customer. Further, he provided a service book with false entries and stamps and tried to mislead the buyer as to their consumer rights by stating, “sold as seen” on the sales invoice for the vehicle purchase.

Mr Holian was sentenced to a £1000 fine, ordered to pay £990 in compensation to the consumer, and a contribution of £2000 towards Stockport Council’s costs. These figures reflected the early guilty plea and Mr Holian’s financial circumstances.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport, said, “Some unscrupulous traders dealing in the second-hand car trade are taking advantage of customers who rely on them when deciding on the best vehicle to buy for themselves and their families, within their available budget.

"Second-hand or not, buying a car is an expensive outlay for most people and everyone has the right to expect a safe and reliable vehicle, regardless of the cost. Dishonest and unsafe sales are unacceptable, and Stockport Trading Standards will continue to respond robustly.”