TIP Car dealer hid warn­ing lights

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A ROGUE car dealer who cov­ered up warn­ing lights to con­ceal en­gine faults has been jailed.

Kevin Blaber, 50, used a string of cyn­i­cal scams to trick cus­tomers into be­liev­ing cars he was sell­ing were road­wor­thy.

He cut pieces of cloth and taped them over warn­ing lights on the dash­board so po­ten­tial buy­ers couldn’t see them.

Blaber also used fake deal­er­ship stamps to sug­gest the cars had full ser­vice his­to­ries – and even re­pro­duced the fa­mous Vaux­hall grif­fin logo on one of the stamps.

The scam en­abled him to buy cars cheaply at car auc­tions and sell them at up to 100 per cent profit by ad­ver­tis­ing them as road­wor­thy.

Sev­eral cus­tomers com­plained to Trad­ing Stan­dards, which raided his busi­ness KB Cars, which he ran from his home in Ply­mouth.

Blaber pleaded guilty to fraud, forgery, un­fair com­mer­cial prac­tices and us­ing an unau­tho­rised trade­mark at Ply­mouth Crown Court and was jailed for 10 months.

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