Barnsley car dealer guilty of selling a dangerous vehicle

A Barnsley man has been fined by Barnsley Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to five offences in relation to the sale of a dangerous car.

Mr Adam Pistelok, 30, trading as Yorkshire Cars4U, was convicted on Thursday 16 March 2017 after selling a dangerous Suzuki Jimny on Saturday 9 July 2016. Mr Pistelok committed two offences in relation to the roadworthiness of the car and supplying a dangerous product under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and General Product Safety Regulations 2005, and three in relation to the misleading description of the car under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. 

The car was advertised as being in ‘very tidy condition’ and with 79,000 miles on the clock, when in fact, it was in extremely poor condition and with a higher mileage than stated. Shortly after purchase, the vehicle was found to have severe corrosion which was compromising the brakes, suspension and structure.  After examining the car, an inspector for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency commented that the seatbelt mountings were so corroded that they would fail in the event of an accident. 

During sentencing, magistrates made it clear that the way Mr Pistelok’s business was run was unacceptable as he had carried out no checks at all on the underlying condition of the vehicle. The defendant was fined a total of £500 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and £1,500 prosecution costs.

The defendant also refunded the complainant a total of £1,230 for the purchase price of the car and additional costs incurred.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “Misleading members of the public and selling dangerous vehicles could result in serious injury or death and we will not tolerate it.  As well as the obvious dangers to road users and pedestrians, the supply of unsafe cars also causes harm to legitimate car dealers in Barnsley who take their responsibilities seriously.   

“We urge all car dealers to ensure that the vehicles they sell are safe and advertised accurately. Anyone who is concerned should visit www.barnsley.gov.uk/trading-standards . The council’s Trading Standards team will investigate any complaint they receive about unsafe vehicles with a view to taking further action against sellers where appropriate.”

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