The company director of Jet Car Sales in Leytonstone has been fined £12,000 following an investigation by Waltham Forest's trading standards team

The car dealership in Leytonstone High Road

The car dealership in Leytonstone High Road

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A second-hand car dealer has been fined £12,000 after it was discovered he ripped off customers through the mis-selling of high-end cars.

Company Director Quissanga Baptista Alberto of Jet Car Sales in High Road, Leytonstone, disappeared in December 2012 after Waltham Forest trading standards team revealed he was under investigation.

In his absence, he was found guilty of four separate offences under the 2008 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations at Thames Magistrates' Court on April 4.

The court agreed two fines of £4,000 and two of £2,000 for the four offences. Alberto, formerly of Lytchat Way, in Enfield, is also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and costs of £3, 075.

The Leytonstone firm was brought to the attention of the trading standards team following a series of complaints.

A customer bought a Mercedes Benz ML270 in April 2012 under the impression it had a three-month warranty, but upon driving the vehicle home the buyer smelt diesel leaking from the vehicle so he took it to a garage.

A number of defects were discovered and repaired, but when the warranty company was contacted the owner was advised that there was no warranty registered in respect of the vehicle.

As a result the purchaser was unable to recover the repair costs of around £1,000.

The warranty team had in fact ceased its business relationship with Jet Car Sales in March 2012.

A buyer was also put out of pocket when he purchased a Toyota Avensis sold as in 'good condition' in July 2012, but after conducting a HPI check, he realised the mileage was not accurate and the vehicle had more than two owners.  

A week after purchasing the car it failed to start and despite help from the AA, the vehicle could still not be made to run and he never received a refund.

Mr Alberto quickly disappeared after being called in for an interview by the trading standards team in December 2012.

In total, he owes £15,000 in unpaid fines and costs.

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11:39am Sat 26 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

There are two chances of this guy coughing up the money.

1. No chance.

2. Slim is out of town
There are two chances of this guy coughing up the money. 1. No chance. 2. Slim is out of town Villagecranberry
  • Score: 6

2:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Dave mp says...

A car salesman doing this, i don't believe it??
A car salesman doing this, i don't believe it?? Dave mp
  • Score: 17

5:17pm Sat 26 Apr 14

mdj says...

'Mr Alberto quickly disappeared after being called in for an interview by the trading standards team in December 2012. '

Well, that worked well. They must have been surprised.
next time, could they possibly consider taking the tape recorder to the suspect - or interviewing him under arrest?

The interesting thing is, he had no need to flee, since such a call is not mandatory, though council officials like to pretend that they are if they think you've been dropping litter.
'Mr Alberto quickly disappeared after being called in for an interview by the trading standards team in December 2012. ' Well, that worked well. They must have been surprised. next time, could they possibly consider taking the tape recorder to the suspect - or interviewing him under arrest? The interesting thing is, he had no need to flee, since such a call is not mandatory, though council officials like to pretend that they are if they think you've been dropping litter. mdj
  • Score: 11

11:50am Sun 27 Apr 14

jackblack007 says...

it amazes me that people are stil stupid enough to buy cars from these types of car sites. just better off paying a bit more and buying from a bona fide source .
it amazes me that people are stil stupid enough to buy cars from these types of car sites. just better off paying a bit more and buying from a bona fide source . jackblack007
  • Score: 4

6:17pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
it amazes me that people are stil stupid enough to buy cars from these types of car sites. just better off paying a bit more and buying from a bona fide source .
What you are suggesting is like recommending people to only eat at places like McDonalds and not an independent family restaurant?

There are several bona fide independent car dealers out there you know?
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: it amazes me that people are stil stupid enough to buy cars from these types of car sites. just better off paying a bit more and buying from a bona fide source .[/p][/quote]What you are suggesting is like recommending people to only eat at places like McDonalds and not an independent family restaurant? There are several bona fide independent car dealers out there you know? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

4:20pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Billster says...

Strange as I bought a Ford Focus from him in February 2013 and he was very much still in charge and present at the garage, which is still operating even today. The car luckily has been fine, aside from being an undeclared Cat C, but dealing with him was a nightmare... Trading Standards - utterly toothless operation.
Strange as I bought a Ford Focus from him in February 2013 and he was very much still in charge and present at the garage, which is still operating even today. The car luckily has been fine, aside from being an undeclared Cat C, but dealing with him was a nightmare... Trading Standards - utterly toothless operation. Billster
  • Score: 4

12:22am Thu 8 May 14

Adam1542 says...

I bought as well Ford Focus - 4 year old from Quisanga in 2010 and it broke down 6 weeks after. It was nightmare dealing with them took 1 year to get car back on the road and turned out I had to fork out the bill £1000 Like above trading standards were useless
I bought as well Ford Focus - 4 year old from Quisanga in 2010 and it broke down 6 weeks after. It was nightmare dealing with them took 1 year to get car back on the road and turned out I had to fork out the bill £1000 Like above trading standards were useless Adam1542
  • Score: 0

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