A Coleraine Vauxhall dealer, Roadside (Garages) Ltd, Somerset Road, Coleraine was fined a total of £3,000 plus costs at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court today for misleading a consumer.
Roadside (Garages) Ltd was found guilty of failing to inform the consumer during the sales negotiation that a Vauxhall Insignia was an ex rental car despite having this information available. Had the consumer been made aware of this fact he would not have purchased this vehicle.
Roadside (Garages) Ltd was also found guilty of falsifying the consumer’s signature on a document which they presented to Trading Standards Service.
This is the third case brought by the Department for the Economy (formerly Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment) Trading Standards Service (TSS) against Roadside (Garages) Limited, a franchised Vauxhall and Kia dealer.
Sharon Muldoon of the Trading Standards Service said: “Consumers should be provided with comprehensive and accurate information to help them make informed decisions when purchasing goods. The onus is on the trader to provide this information to the consumer whether it is requested or not. Material information such as the previous ownership of a vehicle should not be omitted.
“Anyone who believes they have been misled regarding the purchase of a vehicle should contact Consumerline on 0300 123 6262 or visit the website at www.consumerline.org ”