Car salesman jailed after Trading Standards investigation reveals he defrauded customers

21 September 2015

A car salesman has been jailed for three years after admitting making false representations about the cars he sold.

Spencer Hannon, 39, of Rushden, was convicted of defrauding 27 customers by giving them false information about the tax and MOT status, warranties, sale prices and history of vehicles they bought from his business Village Cars.

The car dealership was most recently based in Souldrop, Bedfordshire, after moving from premises in Little Addington and Finedon in Northamptonshire.

Poor quality cars

Hannon, who was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday (September 16th), was said to have been aggressive towards customers who complained about poor quality cars he had sold them.

His methods included failing to disclose that vehicles he sold had been insurance write-offs, promising to tax and MOT cars but instead pocketing the money, and failing to honour warranties when customers reported faults with vehicles they bought from him.

In numerous cases he failed to register third party warranties that consumers had paid extra for meaning the warranties simply didn’t exist.

'Dishonest'

Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth, said: “The business practices used by Hannon were dishonest and misleading for customers who unknowingly bought poor quality vehicles from his dealership.

“Despite receiving advice from Trading Standards, Hannon continued to deceive and defraud innocent buyers.

“This case shows that we will not hesitate to take action against such offenders and would encourage people to report similar concerns about other disreputable businesses to our Trading Standards service.”

Contact Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards team by calling Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.


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