A Bensham-based car dealer has been fined after knowingly selling a vehicle in poor condition.
On Tuesday October 4, Armin Hajizadeh, trading as Classic Motor Show, with premises on Saltwell Road, Bensham, Gateshead, was found guilty by South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court of seven offenses relating to the sale of a car he knew was in poor working order. condition.
In November 2021, a consumer saw a Hyundai Coupe advertised in AutoTrader for £1,500, with the seller, Mr Hajizadeh, describing it as having a 12 month MOT.
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However, when the consumer contacted Mr Hajizadeh, she was told that the car had not yet passed the MOT and that she could buy it for £1,200 if she arranged the test herself and she could get her money back if the car broke down. What he was not told was that the car had failed a technical inspection that morning and was therefore in an impassable and potentially dangerous condition.
When the car failed a new technical inspection, paid for by the consumer, Mr Hajizadeh refused to refund it, saying instead that he had sold the car for “spare parts or repair”, which he had written on his invoice.
The consumer contacted Gateshead Council Trading Standards, who thoroughly investigated the complaint. It was discovered that Mr Hadjizadeh bought the car at auction for just £284.
The car was inspected by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which confirmed that the MOT failures were due to badly corroded suspension, an inoperative parking brake and a large exhaust leak due to a fractured exhaust pipe, all of which made the car very dangerous to drive.
Mr. Hadjizadeh was convicted under the Road Traffic Act of selling a car in poor condition.
He was also found guilty under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Practices Regulations for providing misleading information by stating that the car had a valid MOT in an advertisement, for failing to inform the consumer that the car had failed an MOT, telling her she could get a refund if the car failed an MOT, for saying the car was sold for salvage or repair when it wasn’t, and for obstructing a trading standards officer by failing to produce documents upon request.
He was also found guilty under the Companies Act for not having his name and business details on the invoice given to the consumer. Mr Hadjizadeh was ordered to pay a fine of £500, a victim surcharge of £50 and £1,074 in costs.
He was also instructed to reimburse the consumer in full, as well as all costs incurred during the period she was in possession of the vehicle.
Councilor Linda Green, Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering at Gateshead Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of this lawsuit. The unscrupulous sale of unsafe vehicles not only poses a risk to the lives of those in the car, but also to anyone who may be in its path in the event of a catastrophic failure of the movement.
“The requirement for a technical inspection means that cars such as the one sold by Mr Hadjizadah should not be driven on our roads, and the fact that it was sold in a misleading way to an unsuspecting consumer, followed by a bunch of lies to avoid having to provide a refund is appalling.
“The results of this lawsuit should serve as a warning to all other merchants who believe they may be selling fraudulent goods or services.”