A MAN who flew down from Inverness to Wigan to buy a Mitsubishi people carrier vehicle from a second hand car dealer was ripped off, a court has heard.
For the Delica model, described in an Ebay advert as being in ‘excellent condition’ not only failed an MOT test six days later because of 20 faults but two of them were actually dangerous.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that motor trader Dean Rosenthal also sold another Mitsubishi Delica to another man via Ebay and that was also not as it had been described.
David Birrell, prosecuting, said that when 51-year-old Rosenthal appeared before Wigan magistrates he claimed he no longer traded cars and only sold vehicles for breaking up for parts.
But an under-cover journalist from the Wigan Evening Post contacted him four days later and Rosenthal offered to sell him another Delica.
Mr Birrell handed Judge Brian Cummings, QC, a copy of the front page newspaper story, who commented, “Bluntly he lied to the court.”
Rosenthal, of Castle Rise, Hindley, has pleaded guilty to five offences involving the two vehicles he sold involving engaging in commercial practice amounting to a misleading action.
He was due for sentence but the judge adjourned it until January 15 as he did not accept that he did not know the true nature of the vehicle he sold to the Scottish man and wanted to hear evidence about this.
Mr Birrell told the court that Rosenthal is an experienced motor trader and he had advertised the two cars on Ebay under the name Trust Cars North West. On November 29 last year Nicholas Scally flew down from Inverness and after seeing the car bought it for £2,995.
It had been advertised as having a 12-month MOT but after he transferred the money over Rosenthal then told him it only had a three month MOT. He started off on the 390 mile journey home but after just 40 miles it began overheating as the coolant pipe was disconnected and the dashboard electronics were not working.
He managed to get it home but when he rang Rosenthal to complain he rejected his claim that it was defective. Mr Scally had it MOT’d and it failed and despite having been told the underside had been sealed it was found to be dangerously corroded.
Rosenthal, who is now bankrupt, refused to refund the money unless he brought it back and in February this year sold another Delica to another man, Stephen Walker from Shrewsbury, for £3,500.This involved £900 cash and the man’s VW Golf part-exchanged for £2,700,s aid Mr Birrell.
It was advertised as having done 100,000 miles on the clock and after the transaction Rosenthal did not give him a chance to road test it but drove off grinning in the VW. Mr Walker discovered it had about 40,00 more miles than advertised and would not start and he had to call out the AA.
When contacted by phone Rosenthal refused a refund. He arranged for it to be MOT’d and it failed and Rosenthal still refused a refund and said he had sold the VW.
The court heard that Rosenthal has been trading on Ebay selling car parts under the name JAP Parts Only One - despite not having a licence to run such a business.