Published Friday, 01 November 2013
The young man appeared before court on Friday. (© UTV)
Oliver McHenry, who is in his 20s and from Ramoan Gardens, Ballycastle, pleaded guilty to seven charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 at Coleraine Magistrates' Court on Friday.
A consumer bought a Mercedes car from Mr McHenry with 90,800 miles on the clock in January - only to discover later that the car had previously travelled in excess of 170,000 miles.
Mr McHenry also failed to disclose to the person that he was a car trader.
The case was brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI).
The charges also relate to the advertisement of several other vehicles in which he concealed the fact that he was a car trader.
Moira Todd, of the Trading Standards Service, said: "The mileage that a used car has travelled significantly affects its value and saleability. Car traders have a legal responsibility to ensure that the mileage on a car they are offering for sale is accurate.
"Anyone who is in the practice of selling cars for profit can be considered to be a car trader. They do not have to have trade premises to be a car trader. However they are required to disclose or not to conceal the fact that they are in business.
"A trade who poses as a private seller often does so in an attempt to avoid any comeback if something goes wrong with whatever they've sold."
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