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Second hand car dealer told to improve trading practices or face jail

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A second hand car dealer has been told he must improve his trading practices - or face possible jail time.

A number of complaints were made to Trading Standards regarding Exhall-based Prestige Auto Lounge and, as a result, the company’s director David Nwachukwu Ilukwe was brought before Coventry County Court, reported the Coventry Telegraph.

He appeared at the court on September 29 where he signed an undertaking to trade fairly on behalf of himself and the two companies of which he is a director, Prestige Autohaus and Prestige Motoring World (trading as Coventry Car Mart, Coventry Auto Lounge and Prestige Auto Lounge).

He also agreed to publish the undertaking on his website and to send all his staff on a training course approved by Warwickshire Trading Standards.

A breach of the undertaking is a contempt of court and could lead to a prison sentence for Ilukwe and a fine for the companies.

The undertaking states that Ilukwe and the two companies must not:

- deny consumers their statutory rights under the Consumer Rights Act 2015

- sell vehicles in an unroadworthy condition

- falsely describe vehicles as having full service histories when they do not

- make false statements as to the specification of a motor vehicle

- fail to respond in a timely fashion to telephone calls, emails or other correspondence from consumers regarding faulty vehicles.

Trading Standards said it will continue to monitor the business and its director to ensure they comply with the terms of the undertaking.

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