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Sion Mills car dealer fined over clocked vehicle

Car speedometer
The vehicle had a false mileage reading

A Tyrone car dealer who sold a former police patrol car with a false mileage reading has been fined £3,500.

James Duncan, of JD Motors Ltd, Sion Mills, was convicted of one charge under the Trade Descriptions Act.

A Trading Standards investigation revealed the BMW X5's mileage prior to coming to Northern Ireland was around 108,000.

However, when sold to the complainant in September 2007, 88,000 miles were recorded on the odometer.

Raymond Dolan of the Trading Standards Service said: "In this case JD Motors Ltd supplied a vehicle which had a false mileage reading.

"The trade in falsely described cars causes financial loss to consumers and places honest motor traders at a commercial disadvantage.

"Trading Standards Service will continue to take robust action against unscrupulous motor traders who mis-describe the cars they sell."

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