Competition and Consumer Protection Commission secures conviction against Dublin car trader

July 4, 2016

 

Today in Dublin District Court Judge John O’Neill convicted Mr Timmy Keane of 118 Harold’s Cross Cottages, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6 with providing false information in relation to a vehicle’s previous history, an offence under the Consumer Protection Act 2007.The offence related to a false odometer reading. The CCPC conducted an investigation following a complaint by a consumer regarding Mr Keane’s activities.

Following the conviction Judge O’Neill adjourned sentencing until 12 December 2016 to enable Mr Keane to compensate the consumer the sum of €5,000 as a result of an application made by the CCPC. In addition, the consumer will be allowed to retain the vehicle.

Commenting, Isolde Goggin, Chairperson of the CCPC said, “The purchase of a car is a very significant decision and consumers should be able to trust and rely on the information provided by car dealers, so they can make a fully informed purchase. The vehicle sector is a priority for the CCPC and we will take action against traders who attempt to mislead consumers.

If consumers have information regarding a trader that has provided false information about a car’s condition or mileage, they can contact the CCPC’s consumer helpline on 1890 432 432. To help consumers make informed purchases and to avoid potential pitfalls when buying a second-hand car the CCPC has extensive information available on our website.

 

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