A car dealer in Chorley has been jailed for 15 months after admitting to stealing vehicles.
A judge at Preston Crown Court sentenced Howard Lowick, who ran the Motorhouse garage and car dealership in Bengal Street, to over a year in prison after he was found guilty of stealing five vehicles. The 59-year-old took unwanted vehicles from customers by telling them he would find a buyer for their car, but he then shut the business and made away with the vehicles without contacting the seller.
It is always of utmost importance to be transparent and honest when running a motor trade business, and the same is true when obtaining a motor trade insurance policy. From disclosing the full value of the vehicles the company has on its site through to gaining protection for the different services the firm offers, hiding the truth could see a business lose out in the long-term should it need to make a claim and not have sufficient cover for its needs.
Brian Winstanley was among those affected by Mr Lowick's illegal practices, the Chorley Guardian reported. He wanted to sell his £5,100 Audi TT car and went to Motorhouse after seeing a sign saying they would buy cars for cash.
He told the court that Mr Lowick did not want to buy his car, but instead offered to find a buyer for him. However, having left his car and logbook at Motorhouse, Mr Winstanley heard nothing and when he returned the garage was empty.
There were a number of people who suffered a similar fate, with an investigation into the dodgy practices finding that more than £100,000 worth of vehicles had been stolen.