Devon used car dealer found guilty of selling ‘dangerous’ vehicle

Posted on: 15 June 2017

A used car dealer from Teignmouth has been found guilty of supplying a dangerous and unroadworthy vehicle with faulty brakes.

Jamie Stuart Rabin, 36, of Bank Street, Teignmouth, was ordered to pay a total of £6,594.25 in fines, costs, victim’s surcharge and compensation at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Thursday 8 June.

Rabin, who changed his plea at the last minute, sold the Renault Trafic Van in 2016 from his dealership, Finnish Car Sales, in Dawlish.

He also admitted misleading a customer into believing repairs had been carried out and claimed he had replaced the cambelt when he hadn’t.

The successful prosecution follows an investigation by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service.

The court heard that the vehicle had ‘serious’ braking and suspension defects, as well as a missing wheel bolt.

An independent motor vehicle engineer, called in to assess the vehicle,  said that the van  was ‘unroadworthy’, ‘dangerous’ and presented a risk  to the driver, passengers and other road users.

Rabin, who has traded from a number of premises throughout South Devon, admitted to offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

Councillor Stuart Barker, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills with responsibility for Trading Standards, said:

“The motor trade is a key priority area for our service. We work closely with legitimate traders to provide advice and support to help maintain standards.

“Unscrupulous traders like Rabin give little consideration towards public safety and undermine confidence in legitimate traders trying to make an honest living, and we will not tolerate it. Where appropriate we will prosecute.”

For more information on the work of the Service, including our trader approval scheme Buy With Confidence’ click here. 




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