Dodgy dealer handed £2,500 court bill for Romford street sale

Barkingside Magistrates Court

Barkingside Magistrates Court - Credit: Archant

A roadside car salesman has clocked up a bill of almost £2,500 for selling an Audi with false service history and mileage.

Islam Sedaj, 29, listed the motor on the Auto Trader website, and sold it on a Romford street, telling the buyer his name was Tom.

The advert said the A4 model had 68,000 miles and a “full dealership service history” and documents showed it had been serviced regularly at an Audi dealership until 2013.

An MOT dated January 24 2013 showed mileage of 64,299 miles.

Sedaj took him the buyer to a nearby car dealership to make the payment online, but the next day, the seller realised the service history was false.

The dealership the car had been serviced at had closed in November 2012 and a further check with VOSA revealed the mileage at the last MOT was 162,270 miles.

Sedaj, who lived in Sunnyside Road, Ilford, during the investigation but has since moved, initially agreed to provide a full refund but said he needed the log book.

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Once this was sent, Sedaj, stopped responding to the seller’s attempts to contact him.

When questioned, he said he didn’t sell cars and was a plasterer, but later, under caution, he admitted selling the car, saying he sold it for his friend for £50.

However, he couldn’t track down this friend or provide a phone number.

At Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Sedaj pleaded guilty to two offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and was fined £400 per offence, ordered to pay £1,653.18 in prosecution costs and a £40 victim surcharge, a total of £2,493.18.

Cllr Osman Dervish, cabinet member for regulatory services, said: “This was a very deceitful act which could have cost the buyer dearly. It is really important anyone buying a car does the necessary checks before they hand over any money.

“Anyone who feels they are being rushed into a sale should walk away.”