Council has car safety concerns after enforcement action at garages in Leamington

Warwickshire County Council

Warwickshire County Council

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Concern is being expressed about the safety of used cars for sale in Leamington and the adequacy of car servicing following a large scale enforcement exercise carried out by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

Vehicles with faults were submitted to main dealers and dedicated car servicing businesses in Leamington and also Stratford, Rugby and also Nuneaton and Bedworth.

The costs of the services ranged from £197 to £399 but despite this, every garage missed faults or failed to report or rectify them.

These included low coolant and brake fluid levels, drive shaft and steering rack problems, brake disc corrosion and incorrectly fitted brake pads.

Trading Standards are not in a position to name these businesses at this present time.

But further investigations are now being undertaken and all court related enforcement action will be publicised.

Warwickshire County Councillor John Horner, portfolio holder for community safety, said: “We have found cars for sale that were clearly un-roadworthy and in some cases dangerous to drive. “Furthermore, Warwickshire car owners could well be paying hundreds of pounds for servicing that has not been carried out properly.”

Cllr Philip Johnson, chairman of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee, said: “Our aim is to safeguard the interests of all vehicle owners.

“Those traders found to be breaking the law are under investigation.