CCPC targeting motor trade with unannounced inspections


The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is carrying out unannounced inspections of car dealers across the country. The aim of the inspections is to uncover dealers who mislead consumers by selling crashed and/or clocked cars.

Consumers should be able to rely on accurate information from car dealers in relation to a vehicle’s roadworthiness and its history, including mileage. Traders who mislead consumers about the cars they are selling, or if they sell cars which are unsafe, are breaking the law.

The CCPC has investigated and taken action against a number of car traders who have sold clocked or crashed cars without telling the consumer about the car’s history. In February this year, a Dublin motor trader, Jonathan McSherry, was sentenced to three months in prison for giving a consumer false information about the mileage of a car.

Over the coming months we will be carrying out unannounced inspections of motor garages across the country and we will use our powers to challenge and take enforcement action against traders found to be misleading consumers.

If you have information about a trader that you believe has given false information about a car’s condition or mileage, contact the CCPC’s consumer helpline on 1890 432 432 or email us at ask@ccpc.ie.

Published Date: 10/04/2017

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