Stockport car dealer found guilty of selling clocked cars with false service histories

Mr Ranjha was found guilty and sentenced to two and a half years in prison, Mr Ranjha was also ordered to pay £130,000 which covers prosecution costs and compensation for victims

On 19th September 2018 at Manchester Crown Court, Mr Sujeel Abbas Ranjha – trading as Heaton’s Motor Company Ltd (HMC) based in Stockport – was convicted of selling clocked cars and manufacturing fraudulent service histories.

Mr Ranjha of Mornington Crescent, Manchester, pleaded guilty to selling ten vehicles with altered mileage readings and manufacturing fraudulent service histories from his premises at Heaton’s Motor Company Ltd, Whitehill Industrial Estate, Unit 1, Hammond Avenue, Stockport.

After a number of complaints about the car dealer, Stockport Council’s Trading Standards and Greater Manchester Police carried out a joint operation to investigate the trading practices of Mr Ranjha.

During the operation, Trading Standards officers discovered services stamps from prestigious garages located in Ireland at the premises. Upon investigation, officers found that the garages didn’t exist and that the stamps were fraudulent.

Also exposed were mileage discrepancies with matching false service histories on vehicles at Heaton’s Motor Company.

After a long and detailed investigation into the trader it was discovered the vehicles mileages had been altered and the mileage differences on the vehicles in question were equivalent of travelling to the moon.

One of the vehicles for sale in question, a high end Range Rover, showed 77,000 miles when inspected by officers, whereas the true mileage was at 131,000 miles.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: "I’m pleased that the perpetrator has been caught and convicted. This was a misleading practice, which caused serious financial loss to the buyers and will not be tolerated in Stockport. This is an excellent result and a testament to the hard work of the officers involved.

"Buying a car is a major investment for most consumers. They should not be cheated by unscrupulous dealers who sell them clocked cars. This practice could drastically reduce the value of their investment and could give rise to safety issues."

If you’re suspicious of illegal trading practices, please contact Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06.