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Car clocker forced to repay duped buyer in mileage fiddle

PUBLISHED: 20:15 27 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

A CAR dealer found guilty of fiddling the mileage clock of a car has been fined almost £2,000 and ordered to pay the buyer for repairs to the vehicle. Habibur Rahma, 51, advertised a 2002 Audi as being in excellent condition, with one previous owner and 51,000 miles on the clock

A CAR dealer found guilty of fiddling the mileage clock of a car has been fined almost £2,000 and ordered to pay the buyer for repairs to the vehicle.

Habibur Rahma, 51, advertised a 2002 Audi as being in excellent condition, with one previous owner and 51,000 miles on the clock.

But the buyer had problems and took it in to a garage—where he discovered a service document for 2005 in the glove compartment giving the mileage at 105,734, twice the mileage stated. He then had to spend nearly £2,000 to put right several faults.

Investigations by Tower Hamlets Council trading standards officers in East London later showed the true mileage even more—closer to 128,000.

Rahman, from Horseferry Road in Milwall, Isle of Dogs, was found guilty of selling the car contrary to the 1968 Trade Descriptions Act.

He had also issued a sales receipt from a false address, Snaresbrook Crown court heard last Thursday.

Rahman was ordered to pay back the £1,893 which the buyer had spent on repairs and £1,000 legal costs. He was also given a one-year conditional discharge.

Trading Standards officer Denise Power said after the hearing: “This penalty should serve as a warning to traders that dealing in clocked’ cars will not be tolerated in Tower Hamlets.

“Customers end up paying more than they should for the car and then may well find the condition much worse than expected, leading to more expense further down the line.”

Trading Standards are concerned that buyers who don’t know how many miles a car has really done could be driving dangerous vehicles on the road.


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