£5,000 penalty for Essex dealer over car’s false service history

Time 8 years ago


AN Essex car dealer has been ordered to pay £5,000 for selling a car with a false service history.

Presley Ogbondah, director of MPH Cars in Billet Lane, Hornchurch sold a car to a customer whose subsequent investigations revealed that its service history had been falsified – although not by Ogbondah himself.

The new owner of the car heard knocking sounds coming from the engine and it was discovered that a new engine was required – involving considerable expenditure.

The owner contacted the main dealership mentioned in the service log – but they had never been involved in looking after the vehicle.

Ogbondah pleaded guilty to engaging in a commercial practice which was a misleading action – an offence under consumer protection regulations.

He was fined £1,000 when he appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on April 7, as well as being told to pay £1,000 costs and £3,000 compensation to the buyer.



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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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