Used car dealer fined for selling clocked car

A used car dealership in South Wales has been fined after it was found guilty of selling a clocked car.

Caerphilly Council’s Trading Standards launched an investigation into Hillcrest Limited in Markham after a woman alleged a Mini Cooper she had bought had had its odometer tampered with. She bought the car on eBay with 63,000 miles on the clock, but it transpired that the vehicle had actually racked up 114,000 miles.

Altering the mileage on cars is not only illegal, but it will also destroy any trust a car dealer has with its customer base. Moreover, having black marks on one's criminal record as a result of prosecutions for things like this will make it far more difficult for a dealer to obtain the road risks insurance or motor trade insurance policy they need to run their business, with insurers naturally reluctant to offer a policy to a proven fraudster.

Alarm bells began to ring in the case involving Hillcrest Limited when the 52 plate Mini broke down less than a month after the customer bought it. It was at this stage that an investigation uncovered that the car had been clocked.

According to the Caerphilly Observer, the vehicle had actually had its mileage changed before Hillcrest Limited came to own it. Nevertheless, the firm admitted two charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and was fined a total of £500, ordered to pay costs to the council of £500 and pay a victim surcharge of £25. A further £800 was also ordered to be paid in compensation to the consumer.