Three dangerous vehicles from sales forecourts in Stafford were taken off sale by trading standards officers during a national Road Safety Week testing operation.
Working with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Staffordshire Police, the county council’s trading standards team inspected 15 used cars from motor traders in the town.
All of the cars inspected were being offered for sale for between £595 and £2495. The three unroadworthy cars were found to have dangerous defects which included split brake hoses, excessive corrosion, faulty steering and missing locking wheel nuts.
Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards leader Gill Heath said: “It is extremely worrying that three out of 15 cars inspected as part of the Road Safety Week operation were found to be dangerous and potentially life-threatening if used. Traders have a responsibility to ensure any vehicle they sell is safe and roadworthy. Selling vehicles with dangerous defects is an offence with potentially severe penalties. Our trading standards team is working with the businesses concerned to ensure they understand the serious nature of the offence and that they must put measures in place to stop this happening again. The businesses will be monitored. “Road Safety Week has served as a reminder to anyone looking to buy a used car that they should make sure they make a number of checks to protect themselves.”
Anyone looking to buy a used car should: • View cars in dry and bright conditions as water can hide dents and defects • Check price guides and compare similar cars on sale • Always ask about the service history • Always insist on seeing a V5C registration document • Make sure MOT certificates are in order • Test drive the vehicle • Check adapters are correct if locking wheel nuts are fitted • Confirm exactly what is included in the price
David Drabble, DVSA senior vehicle examiner, said: “DVSA worked in partnership with Staffordshire County council and Staffordshire Police to check the roadworthiness of vehicles sold by motor dealers. Any dealer selling used vehicles that do not meet the required standards is putting their customers and other road users in danger and could face prosecution.”