Dodgy Doncaster car dealer sentenced after trying to sell battered motor following Trading Standards investigation

A dodgy Doncaster car dealer has been convicted of trying to sell off a battered motor following an investigation by Doncaster Council’s Trading Standards team.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 2:32 pm
The damaged Vauxhall Corsa

Gorgin Daniel, aged 50, of Cherry Tree Drive, Dunscroft, was convicted of trying to sell a previously written off Vauxhall Corsa. The structural faults had not been repaired properly which meant the car was potentially dangerous, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

The defendant was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, 200 hours of unpaid work and will be under an electronically monitored curfew for four months.

A criminal behaviour order has also been granted for a period of five years, which means Daniel is unable to sell any vehicles without the prior approval of Trading Standards.

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Daniel was also convicted of breaching professional diligence by recklessly misrepresenting 33 vehicles in sale adverts over a five month period. Daniel had also provided false details about their write off or accident history and he failed to disclose any live product safety recalls on the vehicles.

Daniel was also found guilty of breaching a safety notice Trading Standards placed on a dangerous convertible Ford Focus.

The safety notice meant he could not move this vehicle without the department’s permission but the investigation showed it had been driven over 1,000 miles within a month. There was even evidence that the vehicle had been involved in another accident.

Dan Swaine, Doncaster Council’s director of economy and environment, said: “The sentence handed down by the courts shows that if you manage a business in a reckless manner and put the public’s life at risk, you will be punished accordingly.

“This is a fantastic result for Trading Standards who work tirelessly to protect consumers from severe harm.

“Our advice to consumers that are contemplating buying a used car is to fully check a car’s history through the DVLA and its MOT and service history documents.

“Consumers should also conduct a thorough inspection of the car and take it on a test drive before purchasing.”

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