Dealer sentenced for Selling Deathtrap Campervan. (1 Viewer)

Dec 24, 2014
9,318
48,099
Hurstpierpoint. Mid Sussex.
Funster No
34,553
MH
Compass Navigator
Exp
Ever since lighting was by Calor gas.
I'm not surprised.
My honest MOT tester was given a tough time by VOSA investigators called in by the police after a trader's car he had tested was sold shortly afterwards.
It was involved in a serious accident and among other things was found to have two defective tyres and faulty brakes. Apparently the trader had swapped the worn tyres temporarily for better used ones just for the test (and removed some new parts before the sale which according to the police he returned to the factor for credit, although that seems unlikely to me).
During my years in the trade (pre VOSA computerisation) I heard of a couple of MOT places that would issue 'hooky certificates' over the phone.
 
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Feb 18, 2017
4,190
8,107
Greenwich, London, UK
Funster No
47,382
MH
Hymer MLT 570
Exp
1986
During my years in the trade (pre VOSA computerisation) I heard of a couple of MOT places that would issue 'hooky certificates' over the phone.

I got a hooky MOT for a VW camper van I had in the late 80's.
I got it from a friend who knew a man in a pub in the east end of London.

It was a real MOT cert with all the correct details, it cost me double the normal price, but they never actually saw the vehicle.

Back in the early 80's my brother an I had a arrangement with a friend of the family.
He sold high end cars, Rollers and Bentleys.
He would buy old bangers at auction, give the vehicle a MOT, swap over the numberplate so that the Roller had a 'heritage' plate and the old banger had an ex Roller plate and 11 months MOT.
We then got the old banger, the price was always 2 bottles of whiskey, no matter what the vehicle was.
At any given time we would have between 1 and 4 of these cars, we drove them into the ground and then flogged them for parts.

For some reason, you just can't so that sort of thing any more ....
 
Dec 12, 2010
5,458
21,979
Cumbria
Funster No
14,651
MH
C Class
Exp
since 2011
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Oct 9, 2019
5,003
17,534
Todmorden
Funster No
65,104
MH
Van conversion
Exp
FUNSTER in a PVC
I'm not surprised.
My honest MOT tester was given a tough time by VOSA investigators called in by the police after a trader's car he had tested was sold shortly afterwards.
It was involved in a serious accident and among other things was found to have two defective tyres and faulty brakes. Apparently the trader had swapped the worn tyres temporarily for better used ones just for the test (and removed some new parts before the sale which according to the police he returned to the factor for credit, although that seems unlikely to me).
During my years in the trade (pre VOSA computerisation) I heard of a couple of MOT places that would issue 'hooky certificates' over the phone.
Bradford is full of dodgy MOT suppliers šŸ„“ so Iā€™ve heard
 
Nov 3, 2020
1,313
2,236
Up the Hamble
Funster No
77,452
MH
Ace Siena
Exp
Since 2019
Pesky MoTs, fancy having some kind of official regulated system for making sure (as far as possible) that vehicles on the road are in a safe roadworthy condition (for everybody, not just the driver).
 
Jun 29, 2015
3,516
58,382
Southampton
Funster No
36,999
MH
caravan (for now)
Exp
on and off since 1984
This one got caught but I wonder how many got through and people are driving a potential death trap. Unfortunately we are all conditioned to get the "best" price so dealers cut as many costs as possible.
 
Jun 6, 2022
294
626
Bottesford, Scunthorpe, UK
Funster No
89,122
MH
Autotrail Cheyenne
Exp
Newbie
I had a spell working in an MOT station many moons ago, quite often we could see folks in a layby just down the road swapping wheels to get a pass, used to all sorts of bodges from down right dangerous ones to ones down to lack of mechanical knowledge, once gave a chap 3 butterfly cable tensioners back after getting the job of fixing his handbrake, all I did was adjust the shoes up and then the cable, he was surprised when all we charged him for was labour :)

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Nov 3, 2013
3,181
9,468
Portugal
Funster No
28,868
MH
Fiat Ducato Auto Wildax
Exp
C/van since '73 .M/h.2009
Hi.
10/- note around the propshaft........... Those in the know.........( But a hand written note as to what to put right when you got home !!!)
Tea Bag.
I'm not surprised.
My honest MOT tester was given a tough time by VOSA investigators called in by the police after a trader's car he had tested was sold shortly afterwards.
It was involved in a serious accident and among other things was found to have two defective tyres and faulty brakes. Apparently the trader had swapped the worn tyres temporarily for better used ones just for the test (and removed some new parts before the sale which according to the police he returned to the factor for credit, although that seems unlikely to me).
During my years in the trade (pre VOSA computerisation) I heard of a couple of MOT places that would issue 'hooky certificates' over the phone.
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