23rd May 2023

Used car dealer fined for illegal practices

A garage which falsified vehicle documentation and mileages has been fined following a Kingston Trading Standards investigation.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

A used car dealership which sold faulty and misdescribed vehicles has been closed down and ordered to pay compensation to its customers following an investigation by Kingston Council Trading Standards.

Kings Motors in New Malden was prosecuted after the investigation revealed that the company doctored vehicles’ history documentation and mileages, issues invoices with incorrect business ownership details and imposed unfair terms and conditions on customers, including their right to a refund.

The garage was one of Kingston & Sutton Trading Standards’ most complained-about local businesses and despite receiving comprehensive advice from Officers about fair trading and consumer protection law, it continued to offend.

On 11 May, Omer Adil Dohi Al-Samaraai, former director of Alrawnaq Ltd (trading as Kings Motors) was sentenced to a 170 hour community order and fined £850. He was also ordered to pay full compensation to victims and disqualified from standing as a director for 18 months. He had already pleaded guilty to offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Alrawnaq Ltd was fined £8,500 and was also ordered to pay compensation to victims.

Kingston Council Portfolio Holder for Business, Recycling and Customer Contact John Sweeney said: “This is a victory for consumers. I am very grateful to the council’s Trading Standards team for their extensive work to ensure successful prosecution and compensation for victims.

“This sends a clear signal to any other individual or business seeking to mislead customers – our Trading Standards team will find you out and you will have to take responsibility for your actions.”

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