Selling faulty vehicles lands Blackburn car dealer with fines

A car dealer in Blackburn has been issued with a fine of £3,000 after he pleaded guilty to selling faulty vehicles.

Kashif Mohammed, the 33-year-old director of Motor Nation garage, was prosecuted for selling two vehicles in an unroadworthy condition, This is Lancashire reported. These were a Renault Clio and a Ford Focus, both of which broke down on the customers' drive home from the garage. A third charge was brought against the car dealer for selling another vehicle with a misleading description that would be quite likely to deceive a customer.

Most car dealers work hard to ensure that they only sell vehicles in good condition. Those that don't will not only find themselves on the wrong side of the law, but should they have a track record of any nefarious and negligent practices, they are likely to find it much harder to obtain a cheap motor trade insurance policy for future business.

Meanwhile, it is worth bearing in mind that things can go wrong even for the most diligent of garage operators and there is a chance that a customer could still drive away in a faulty car. As part of a combined motor trade insurance policy, most insurers will offer product liability cover under the public liability section that can protect against this kind of risk.

However, it is also important to remember that it is the trader's responsibility to ensure that vehicles are fit for the road as there are conditions laid out by most insurers that pre-sale checks are carried out on vehicles prior to sale to minimise the risk of these circumstances arising.