Northern Ireland

Seven Towers Autos fined £400 for car clocking

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Image caption Trading Standards have said car clocking is on the increase in Northern Ireland

A motor dealership in Ballymena that was exposed by BBC Newsline for clocking cars has been fined £400 for breaking consumer laws.

In December 2009, Seven Towers Autos, which is based on Moorfields Road, offered to sell two cars that had had their mileage wound back.

In one of the cases more than 100,000 miles had been taken off.

The firm pleaded guilty to two charges under Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs).

Moira Todd of the Trading Standards Service (TSS) said: "All second hand car dealers should take steps to ensure that the mileage on a vehicle is accurate.

"They must not allow a prospective buyer to rely on the mileage indication unless they are absolutely sure it is accurate.

"In this case, the company could have easily established that the mileage readings on these vehicles were incorrect by carrying out simple enquiries."

"Clocking the mileage of a car is downright deceptive and the TSS will take formal prosecution action against any trader who is found to be engaging in this practice."

Anyone who has encountered a problem with car clocking should contact Trading Standards.

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