CIA Motors Ltd and its director Sohail Ahmed has been ordered to pay nearly £3,000 after admitting selling an unroadworthy vehicle.

Appearing at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, both CIA Motors Ltd on Warwick Road and Ahmed, aged 34, from Small Heath, admitted five offences relating to a Skoda Superb, under the Road Traffic Act, General Product Safety Regulations and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.

The vehicle was sold by the company for £5,794 in February, but was then found by an independent examiner to have numerous faults which meant it was unroadworthy and dangerous. Additionally, the car was falsely advertised as having optional extras.

Ahmed told Trading Standards officers from Birmingham City Council that he accepted the car had been sold by his company, but he had not been aware of its condition as he had not sold it personally. The victim received a full refund via his credit card company.

The court fined the company £1,000 and Ahmed £600, as well as making an order for £1,350 court costs and £48 compensation to the victim.