Grimsby garage owners fined for dodgy work

Customers charged for unneeded repairs

Published:  05 February, 2015

Two former garage owners from Grimsby has been fined after charging motorists for work that wasn't needed and then not carrying the work out.

Mark Drury and Stuart Phillips, who ran the now closed Car and Van Grimsby Limited, were ordered to pay £15,000 in fines plus £2,400 in compensation. The court heard that the two men charged three customers between £550 and £1600 for repairs to gearboxes, brakes, oil systems and other areas, which were not then carried out. However, customers became suspicious and consulted with trading standards. The court believes that many more customers had been duped with false charges.

According to local newspaper the Grimsby Telegraph, District judge Daniel Curtis told Phillips and Drury: "Both of you conducted yourselves as company directors with a complete disregard, a blatant disregard, for the trust that hard-working, decent people put in your company to have their vehicles repaired.

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