Company fined for selling ‘unsafe car’

The corrosion under the vehicle sold by Ashington Motor Company Ltd.
The corrosion under the vehicle sold by Ashington Motor Company Ltd.

A motoring company has paid the price in court for describing an unroadworthy car as being in an ‘excellent condition’.

The 35-year-old Jaguar XK Coupe was sold by Ashington Motor Company Ltd, which previously traded as S Armstrong (Car Sales) Ltd in October 2013, to a buyer from Cumbria, who had seen it advertised as being in ‘fantastic condition’, ‘excellent condition’, and ‘outstanding condition for the age’.

The company, of Waterside Court, North Seaton Industrial Estate, Ashington, pleaded guilty at South East Northumberland Magistates’ Court, to one offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 of selling an unroadworthy vehicle and three offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 for the false descriptions and for carrying out insufficient checks to make sure the car was safe to drive on the road.

They were fined £750 for the supply of the unroadworthy vehicle, with no separate penalty for the other offences and were ordered to pay costs of £2,480.

The independent expert who examined the car said in his report: “I consider that the issues I identified impact significantly upon the safety of the vehicle in such a manner as to make the vehicle unroadworthy and unsafe to drive.

“The underside of the vehicle was very bad, showing extensive corrosion. This was a serious problem in terms of safety and structural integrity of the vehicle, meaning injury to a person was possible, as a result of selling the vehicle in that unsafe condition.”