A Luton car dealer has been fined £3,656 after being found guilty of car clocking.
Jalal Ahmed, 38, was convicted at Luton Magistrates’ Court on June 19 on two counts of ‘engaging in an unfair commercial practice which was a misleading action’, following an investigation by Luton Borough Council Trading Standards officers.
The case followed a complaint about the sale of a clocked car by Auto Loot Ltd of Arundel Road in Luton.
Ahmed, the director of Auto Loot, and a private hire driver in Northampton, was charged with one offence relating to a car clocked by 90,000 miles, and another relating to falsely stating the car had been HPI checked.
Ahmed, of Katherine Court, Ampthill, pleaded not guilty in court, arguing he had set up the company for someone else and had no connection with the sale of the car or running the business.
However, evidence considered by the District Judge revealed Ahmed was responsible for setting up payment facilities for the company, and that the clocked car sold by Auto Loot was, in fact, his own private hire vehicle.
Ahmed was also unable to account for how another person he claimed to be responsible accessed private documents such as his driving licence held on a computer at his home address.
The District Judge convicted Ahmed on both charges saying he found the history of events presented by Ahmed to be ‘incredible’.
He was would directors have significant duties when operating a company and as a director of Auto Loot Ltd, the judge found the offences were attributable to Mr Ahmed’s neglect.
Ahmed was fined a total of £3,656, including £1,900 compensation for the victim, costs and a victim surcharge.
Cllr Jacqui Burnett said: “Cars are an expensive purchase.
“Consumers must be confident that any car they are buying is accurately described.
“Thanks to Trading Standards, Mr Ahmed has been brought to justice and must pay his victim nearly two thousand pounds in compensation.”
> If you have a complaint about a car dealer or another matter relating to Trading Standards, call the Citizens’ Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.