Car dealer receives huge fine for selling unroadworthy vehicles

A car dealer in Newbury has been fined more than £23,000 for selling vehicles in an unroadworthy condition.

Daniel Stokesberry, who sold vehicles under the trading number 3D Car Sales, pleaded guilty to selling dodgy cars when he appeared before magistrates in Reading at the end of June. He had been the subject of a Trading Standards investigation which found that he had been selling cars that were dangerous to the drivers, with faults including tyres below the legal limit, wheel securing bolts missing, and excessive tinting on the windows.

Ensuring the vehicles they are selling are safe is of paramount importance to any car trader, whether an individual dealing in cars part time or a large franchised dealership. A road risks insurance policy enables the motor trader to drive any of a fleet of cars they might be selling at any one time, which allows them to not only move the cars from A to B, but also to take the vehicles for test drives to make sure they are performing as they should.

Among the unroadworthy cars Mr Stokesberry is reported to have sold is a Renault Clio, two BMWs and a Vauxhall Insignia. Newbury Today said that the investigation was launched after disgruntled customers complained about the cars they bought, one of which would not even start just eight days after they bought it.

Mr Stokesberry was fined £23,800 and ordered to pay costs of £1,279 plus a statutory surcharge of £340.