Cleck car dealership fined £22,500

A CAR dealer in Cleckheaton was fined more than £20,000 for selling ‘dangerous’ second-hand vehicles, some without MOTs. 

Trade Cars Cleckheaton Ltd and company director Darren Akiens were charged at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court, with advertising cars unfit for the road. The court heard that the dealership was in the top 10 most complained-about West Yorkshire car traders over the past five years. 

In March last year, Trading Standards officers and an independent engineer visited the dealership at Cleckheaton Mills, Bradford Road, to inspect some of the vehicles being sold. 

Among the defects found were a Kia Cee’d that had failed two MOTs and had brake defects; a Chevrolet Captiva that displayed a selling price on the windscreen £460 higher than the online advert; and a Vauxhall Zafira that displayed a 12-month MOT when it had in fact expired. Akiens, of York Place, Cleckheaton, pleaded guilty to four offences under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 and The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The firm pleaded guilty to eight similar offences at the same time. 

They received a hefty fine of £22,583.

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