Car dealer jailed for selling 15 'clocked' cars

A car dealer in Derbyshire has been jailed after he was found to have sold 15 cars with tampered mileage.

Steven Machin headed up a used car scam in which he would buy a second hand vehicle, lower its mileage and alter its service history then sell it on to unsuspecting customers. In total he is believed to have wiped more than a million miles off the clocks of 15 cars, for which he was sentenced to 30 months in jail.

Criminal convictions like this will make it extremely difficult for someone to ever ply their trade in the motor industry again. Not only will their reputation be ruined, but they will also find it extremely difficult to obtain the necessary road risks insurance or combined motor trade insurance policy they need to run their business legally and safely, with insurers naturally reluctant to offer a quote to a proven fraudster.

According to the Uttoxeter Advertiser, Mr Machin listed Ford Fiestas and Vauxhall Corsas for sale on the Auto Trader website and then invited interested customers to his house to examine the cars. He would then sell most of the cars with false service history booklets.

The dodgy dealings took place between April 2011 and April 2012 - alarm bells began to ring when customers regularly complained of faults with the vehicles they purchased, only to then find out their car had covered many more miles than originally believed.

Mr Machin appeared at Derby Crown Court and admitted 15 counts of fraud and 13 charges of forgery.