TIP Car dealer hid warning lights
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.