AN unroadworthy Skoda Superb ended up costing a Birmingham car dealer nearly £3,000.
Sohail Ahmed, the director of CIA Motors Ltd, appeared before city JPs yesterday, where both he and the firm pleaded guilty to five charges in connection with the Superb.
The family car had been sold for £5,794 by the dealership, which is in Warwick Road, Tyseley. However, a subsequent independent examination uncovered a number of faults that had rendered it dangerous and unroadworthy, according to Birmingham Newsroom. It had also been advertised falsely as having optional extra features.
In mitigation, the court was told that Ahmed, 34, had said to Trading Standards officers that he had been unaware of the condition of the vehicle, since it had not been sold by him. He accepted, though, that it had been sold by his business.
A full refund was given to the victim by their credit card issuer.
CIA Motors Ltd was fined £1,000 and Ahmed, of Waverley Road, Small Heath, was fined £600. In addition, an order for costs of £1,350 plus £48 compensation was made by the magistrates.
The charges were brought under the Road Traffic Act, Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, and General Product Safety Regulations.
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