Sold car ‘had eight serious problems’ from Princethorpe dealership

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A man has been fined thousands of pounds after selling an unroadworthy car at a dealership in Princethorpe.

Akmal Riaz, 44, of Bedworth, trading as A R Motors, Oxford Road, was fined £5,515 and ordered to pay a further £5,000 in costs by magistrates in Nuneaton.

In July 2012, a Coventry customer bought a Skoda estate from the dealership for £400. But the car began to exhibit problems within a week, so the customer called trading standards. The car was discovered to have eight problems, each of them serious enough to fail an MOT.

Janet Faulkner, head of Warwickshire County Council’s trading standards service, said: “Traders who are prepared to sell unroadworthy vehicles put at risk the lives of all road users.”