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Belfast car trader fined for claiming to be private seller

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Campbell bought hundreds of cars over a two year period.

A Belfast car trader who claimed to be a private seller has been fined a total of £1,800 at Belfast Magistrates’ Court.

Compensation was also ordered to be paid to the value of £5,280 to the consumers involved.

In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department for the Economy, Gareth Campbell of Church Road, Castlereagh, Belfast pleaded guilty to nine charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

Trading Standards Service had received a number of complaints from consumers who had bought cars from Mr Campbell.

When selling the cars he had told the buyers that he, or family members, had owned them for a number of years, which was untrue.

In one instance he also failed to declare that a car had been a “category D total loss”. When approached by consumers who had experienced problems with vehicles Mr Campbell told them that the cars had been sold in a private capacity and he would do nothing for them.

Enquiries showed that Mr Campbell had bought over 300 cars from a local car auction over a two year period and had advertised many of them on the Gumtree website as a private seller.

Kevin McNamara, of the Trading Standards Service, said: “These cars were being sold as long held by Mr Campbell’s family whereas this was far from the truth. He was content to make considerable profit but unwilling to fulfil his obligations as a normal trader with regard to faulty goods.

“Anyone who believes they have been sold a vehicle in similar circumstances should contact Consumerline on 0300 123 6262.”

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Campbell bought hundreds of cars over a two year period.