Another driver has claimed he wasn’t told a car he bought from Evans Halshaw was an ex-rental car – and says he’s had “nothing but problems”.

Mike Thompson paid £11,600 for a Vauxhall Insignia from the branch on Cambridge Road in Middlesbrough, just off the A66, in October last year.

That was the same dealership prosecuted on Wednesday for deliberately failing to tell a customer that a vehicle’s “one previous owner” was a car rental company for a second time.

Its parent company Pendragon Motor Group Ltd was fined £134,000 after a Middlesbrough Council prosecution.

And it was the second time that the Evans Halshaw branch had been prosecuted for the same offence.

Evans Halshaw, off the A66, Middlesbrough
Evans Halshaw, off the A66, Middlesbrough (Image: Google)

Mr Thompson, 43, has now spoken out following the latest court action.

He said: “When I bought it, it was around a year old and it had done between 22 and 25,000 miles, which is quite a lot. It was advertised as only having one previous owner.

“I was told it was a Network Q car. That’s when they basically say they’ve done all the relevant checks on the car, so you can trust it.

“But as soon as I bought it, I started having problems with the petrol cap. And the engine regularly regenerates itself, basically it goes into really high revs and flushes the engine. It uses all your petrol.”

Days later Mr Thompson received his logbook, and discovered the car’s previous owner was Europcar – the rental firm.

“I kept taking it into Evans Halshaw and they denied any responsibility. I gave up and take it to a different garage now. It must have been in the garage about 30 times since I’ve bought it, just over a year ago.”

The Loftus dad said he confronted the dealership – but claims he was told he “didn’t have a leg to stand on, legally” and was asked to leave the premises.

The car’s logbook, which reveals its previous owner (Image: Ian Cooper)

Teesside Live put Mr Thompson’s claims to Pendragon, in the wake of Wednesday’s court hearing.

A spokesman said: “As we are appealing the case, we will not be making any further comments until after the appeal process has concluded.”

Pendragon was prosecuted on Wednesday after a complaint was made to Middlesbrough Council’s Trading Standards department by a potential customer who spotted a car’s “one previous owner” was actually a different rental firm.

At the trial, District Judge Helen Cousins, said: “The decision had been made not to advise customers of the previous owner. That makes it a deliberate act.

“I regard that as a significant aggravating feature.

“I have no doubt that decision was made for financial gain as part of a business model.”

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