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Faulty Mercedes sale costs dealer £7000 fine

The sale of a faulty Mercedes-Benz has landed a Christchurch car dealer with a £7,000 fine.

Simon Bentley, who had traded as Barrack Road Car Sales, has pleaded guilty to selling an unroadworthy car and misleading advertising.

Bournemouth Magistrates Court was told how in August 2013 he had sold a Mercedes C180 for £6,500 which had not been properly repaired after being an insurance write-off.

After a problem arose with the car, Dorset Trading Standards investigated and deemed it likely to be dangerous.

Bentley had also claimed the car had one owner but it had had three.

He was fined £250 on each of the two offences and ordered to pay compensation of £4,000, costs of £2,564.60 and a victim surcharge of £60.

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