A company director who turned back the mileage clock on a BMW car before selling it on eBay has been ordered to pay out over £5,000.
John Kincaid, 46, was also ordered to serve a 12 month community order with a requirement to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
He pleaded guilty to two offences in breach of the Consumer Protection Regulations Act at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court.
The court heard how in February last year Kincaid, who lives in Watling Street, Bletchley, altered the odometer of a BMW car by nearly 30,000 miles to make it appear a better value than it in fact was.
He then advertised the car on eBay and failed to state in the advertisement that the odometer had been altered, which is a criminal offence.
The magistrates ordered him to pay the victim of the fraud £900 in compensation and also £4,111 legal costs to Milton Keynes Council.
Karen Ford, head of the council’s regulatory unit, said: “Consumers must be very cautious when buying a car as this is unfortunately not an uncommon crime.
“By changing the odometer in this way, traders push the price of the car up to make more money, but this also puts the risk up for consumers who end up buying them, as they are likely to be facing costly repair bills.
“If you are looking to buy a second hand car, trading standards recommend that you approach one of their approved traders through the Buy With Confidence scheme as this will give better assurance that you are dealing with a reputable business who meets high standards of customer care.”