Trading standards probe into online car salesman

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COUNCIL chiefs have pledged to monitor closely a Wigan car salesman after an Evening Post investigation uncovered fresh concerns about his dealings.

Dean Rosenthal admitted five counts relating to the sale of dangerously clapped-out motors on eBay when he appeared before magistrates in the town last week.

We are hopeful that Mr Rosenthal will now take the necessary steps to ensure that the vehicles he sells are safe and as described. Trading Standards will continue to monitor the situation, as they do with all businesses that operate within the borough

Julie Middlehurst

But just days later, the 51-year-old was up to his old tricks, listing a 20-year-old car on the online auction site for a staggering £2,395.

An undercover Evening Post reporter, posing as a customer, contacted Rosenthal the day after his court hearing inquiring about a car he had up for sale on eBay.

He listed a 1995 Mitsubishi Delica Super with 92,000 miles on the clock for £2,395.

When our undercover reporter visited smooth-talking Rosenthal he boasted the car was in superb condition despite its exhaust billowing smoke and the engine cutting out.

There is no suggestion Rosenthal was engaging in any illegal activity.

However, our findings will raise concerns for punters across the borough who may do business with him while being unaware of his background.

Julie Middlehurst, Wigan Council’s group manager for regulatory services, said trading standards were monitoring the situation.

She said: “We are hopeful that Mr Rosenthal will now take the necessary steps to ensure that the vehicles he sells are safe and as described. Trading Standards will continue to monitor the situation, as they do with all businesses that operate within the borough.”

Rosenthal admitted five charges of engaging in commercial activity which was misleading under the Unfair Trading Regulations when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court last week.

He already has a conviction in 2011 for hoodwinking a customer into buying a unroadworthy motor vehicle.

Alison Henderson, prosecuting on behalf of Wigan Council’s Trading Standards, told justices that two customers had complained the 51-year-old had sold Mitsubishi Delicas under false pretences and they were both deemed too dangerous to drive after failing MOTs.

The first complainant was Nick Scally, who had flown from Inverness to pick up the £2,995 car after seeing an ebay advert on November 27 last year.

But he selected another Mitsubishi Delica from what was advertised and drove 40 miles before the engine overheated and the oil had run out as the coolant pipe was not fixed properly. The electrics on the dashboard were also not working.

He also realised there were only three months left on its MOT, rather than 12 months as Rosenthal had told him.

It was also later revealed that the car had seven previous owners, and not three as stated.

He scheduled the car for its MOT a few days later and it failed on 20 points, including two dangerous faults.

When Mr Scally contacted Rosenthal, he agreed to give him his money back if he returned the car, but as the car was unroadworthy, it was stuck in Inverness, leaving him out of pocket.

The court charges relate to misrepresentation of the car being in “excellent condition,” having a “final under seal” and an “MOT until November 2015” and being “sold as seen.”

Similarly, on February 24, Steven Walker had exchanged his 2002 Golf GTI and paid £900 cash for a Mitsubishi Delica.

Rosenthal drove the car down to his home in Shrewsbury and they swapped cars. He then drove back to Hindley in the Golf GTI but had mistakenly taken Mr Walker’s cheque book and other important documents.

Defending himself, Rosenthal claimed a mishap occurred because an error cutting and pasting the adverting details. He was released on conditional bail and will go to Liverpool Crown Court on November 24 following a pre sentence report.

The Wigan Evening Post made several attempts but was unable to contact Rosenthal.