Car Shop 365 Ltd of 61 Leeds Road, Shipley, Bradford and company director Hamzah Butt (25) of The Knoll, Calverley, Leeds have been fined at Bradford Magistrates Court on Friday 6th December for advertising vehicles which were mis-described.
Car Shop 365 Ltd pleaded guilty to 3 offences and director Hamzah Butt pleaded guilty to 3 offences under The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
Officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service visited Car Shop 365 Ltd in March 2019 as part of a regional project into unroadworthy and mis-described cars being advertised for sale in the Yorkshire and The Humber region. Whilst at the premises Officers checked the vehicles being offered for sale along with the vehicle documentation.
Three vehicles, a Mercedes Benz E Class, a Land Rover Discovery and a Vauxhall Insignia, were found to be falsely advertised as having a full service history when this was not the case. Hamzah Butt and Car Shop 365 Ltd had been previously visited in July 2018 by West Yorkshire Trading Standards and given advice after the servicing history of vehicles were found to be mis-described in the company’s advertising. Hamzah Butt, whilst trading as Car Galaxy Ltd at the same address, was advised about the same issue in August 2015.
Hamzah Butt was fined £200 along with a surcharge of £30 and ordered to pay costs of £750. Car Shop 365 Ltd was fined £1,000, with a surcharge of £100 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.
Susan Betteridge, Chair of the Yorkshire & the Humber Used Car Crime Group said “Second hand car traders are legally obliged to ensure that they accurately describe vehicles in any advertising. Consumers should be able to rely on the descriptions given by traders when deciding which vehicles to view, test drive or purchase. These kind of misleading statements are often made deliberately, they effect the buyers decision to purchase and ultimately the value of the vehicle being sold. Motor traders are expected to check the history of 2nd hand vehicles to ensure that any prospective purchasers know what they are buying”
David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service said “Second hand car purchases are the second biggest purchase a person will make after buying a home and therefore we encourage purchasers to do their research before they part with their cash, I encourage everyone to purchase a car from a reputable car trader such as one which is a member of the West Yorkshire Motor Trade Partnership Scheme. The scheme is dedicated to upholding high standards of customer service so that consumers can buy from our members with confidence” A list of members can be found at https://www.wyjs.org.uk/trading-standards/motor-trade-partnership/