Clocked Horsebox: Dorset Resident Awarded Compensation
12:03am 8th December 2013
A Dorset Resident has been awarded £8000 in compensation after being sold a clocked horsebox.
Susie Huntbach bought the converted horsebox van on eBay from Classic Conversions Ltd, based in Nottinghamshire.
Miss Huntbach paid £7,995 for the van to transport her two large horses. She soon discovered some major issues and after failing to come to an agreement with the company she contacted trading standards.
The van was advertised as having travelled 130,000 miles with a transport capacity of 1,280kg but the trading standards investigation soon discovered the van had actually travelled 190,000 miles and so had been clocked 60,000 miles. The van's load capacity was also only 760kg.
Neil Martin, principal trading standards officer for Dorset County Council, said: "If Miss Huntbach had been driving the van with two horses on board, the vehicle would have been significantly overloaded which may have been a safety issue."
He added: "I would urge consumers buying such vehicles to take extreme care, as with all vehicle purchases take care to investigate the history of the vehicle."
Classic Conversions pleaded guilty of four offenses of misleading a consumer during a sale of a van converted into a horsebox at Bournemouth Magistrates Court.
The company was ordered to pay compensation of £8,260 to the victim and costs to the County Council of £2,079.