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08 October 2021

Six-month prison sentence for car seller who sold vehicle in supermarket car park

A Carlisle based second-hand car seller who sold an unroadworthy Seat Leon in October 2020 has been successfully prosecuted at Carlisle Magistrates Court.

Cumbria County Council’s Trading Standards Service brought the prosecution after they received a complaint from a member of the public who had purchased the car in October 2020. 

On Thursday 7 October 2021, Mr Lindsay Dalgliesh was found guilty of three offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and was sentenced to six months imprisonment.

Mr Dalgliesh operated from various locations in Carlisle including a last-minute change of location to meet his customer at a nearby supermarket car park to hand over the car and keys in exchange for cash.

The customer relied on Mr Dalgliesh’s knowledge of the vehicle and trusted his word when he said that the car was, “an excellent runner,” and “was just noisy.” 

He claimed not to be operating as a business - despite his use of various business names, a contact number for cars he had advertised, and providing a business card - suggested otherwise.  This false impression misled consumers to place their trust in his hands.

Mr Dalgliesh regularly issued social media posts asking for vehicles, stating:  

Motors wanted - I’ll buy anything, any condition, any issue just ask, no MOT, non-runner, crashed, damaged. Cash money waiting what are you waiting for?” 

The Seat Leon purchased was inspected by a DVSA vehicle examiner who concluded that the car was unroadworthy and a danger to both the occupants and other road users.  He identified a number of faults including:

  • The front bumper and panel securing the headlamps was insecure with evidence of an impact
  • The offside front wheel was insecure which could have detached when driven
  • The exhaust system was leaking with fumes likely to enter the car
  • The axle suspension coil spring was broken which could affect the safe control of the vehicle

Councillor Celia Tibble, Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, said:

“This is a serious offence, to knowingly sell a dangerous vehicle shows total disregard for the safety of the person buying it, other road users and pedestrians. A trader must sell vehicles that are both legal and roadworthy, otherwise they are putting lives at risk.”

Cumbria Trading Standards advise people who are considering buying a second-hand vehicle to use two Government websites that provide free information about vehicles - the MOT history website and the DVLA’s vehicle enquiry website. You only need the vehicle’s registration number.

Cumbrian residents wishing to make a complaint about a vehicle they have purchased can call the Citizens Consumer Advice Helpline on 0808 223 1133 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk.


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A Carlisle based second-hand car seller who sold an unroadworthy Seat Leon in October 2020 has been successfully prosecuted at Carlisle Magistrates Court.