The Daily Echo has run an investigation into Woolston Car Supermarket in Southampton, following complaints from ‘furious’ car buyers.
The newspaper acted on reports of ‘defective vehicles’ being sold, which cost hundreds of pounds to repair.
Major faults included a Peugeot 307 with a bonnet that would fly up if it went above 30mph.
Some complainants given a refund were horrified to find that the cheques bounced.
Southampton City Council Trading Standards is investigating more than 20 complaints against the firm, which shut its Hazel Road site in Woolston earlier this month.
The Daily Echo said it tracked down the company to its ‘new base’ in Fareham, where it has reopened as Fort Wallington Car Sales.
With journalists on hand, angry customers confronted one of the men behind Woolston Car Supermarket.
Another man reported to be involved apparently owes millions of dollars after the collapse of a car-trading firm in Australia.