TRADING Standards has put the brakes on a car dealership that made a false claim about repairs.
Hemming Chichester, a Renault franchise dealer in Chichester, was hauled before the courts after wrongly claiming that the front brake pads on a customer’s Clio needed replacing.
Hemming Chichester carried out a free 25-point safety check on the vehicle and claimed the brake pads needed replacing.
However, the company had replaced the brake pads nine months earlier.
Richard Hemming admitted the offence on behalf of Hemming Automotives Ltd when he appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court.
The company was given a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £550 towards prosecution costs.
Legal action was launched after a consumer complaint.
Graeme MacPherson, head of Trading Standards in West Sussex, said: ‘The false claim could have led to one of our consumers being out of pocket by paying for work that didn’t need to be done.’