A DRIVER was upset about the condition of his car after a dealer wrongly described it as ‘excellent’.
NRJ Motor Company of Llanelli, Wales was successfully prosecuted by local council for breaching trading standards.
One of the company’s customers, a 22-year-old student, claimed that the engine she bought had major safety and performance flaws, despite being sold to him as “very well maintained”.
These problems soon became apparent, although the NRJ salesman, who claimed to own the company, had informed her that the vehicle had a current MOT and had been recently serviced.
The first warning signs included an airbag warning light on the dashboard, a defect in the driver’s side window and a loss of air in the rear wheel.
NRJ took the car in for repairs and fixed the window while saying the warning light was a fault.
But in July last year, one of the rear tires burst while driving.
This was replaced, but soon a ‘rattling’ noise began and upon closer inspection, the student’s father told her to stop driving the car.
Photos of the underside of the car show heavy rust and a corroded and cracked rear axle.
This and a number of other serious deficiencies would have led to a failure of the TÜV test, as a court learned.
David, Susan and James Bonner-Evans all pleaded guilty to a business practice that was deceptive and to supplying a product they knew or should have known to be dangerous.
They were each fined £1,500 and ordered to pay equal costs of £6,678.60 and student compensation of £1,760.75.
Councilor Aled Vaughan Owen, who is responsible for trading standards at Carmarthenshire Council, said: “The outcome of this case could have been as tragic as the vehicle that David Bonner-Evans, Susan Bonner-Evans and James Bonner sold to the victim.” -Evans was unfit to drive.
“I want to thank our trading standards team for holding these people accountable and bringing them to justice.”
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