A dodgy used car dealer has been jailed after scamming buyers using techniques including covering dashboard warning lights with pieces of towel.
Kevin Blaber of Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth, also forged service documents from fictitious garages and "had a history if dishonesty going back 30 years," according to the Judge that passed his sentence.
Pleading guilty to 12 charges in total, the 50-year-old dealer was sentenced to ten months in jail at Plymouth Crown Court.
The court heard that one of his more 'innovative' techniques to fool buyers included cutting pieces of cloth out and sticking them over warning lights; when Trading Standards searched his own car, they found a towel with holes cut into it.
Blaber was also found to have used Vauxhall's griffin logo without permission, and over the last three decades had included a made-up Vauxhall garage in his compendium of non-existent dealerships.
Talking to This Is Plymouth, one of the scammed buyers, Lee Coley, said he'd lost £2,500 after buying a 53 plate Ford Mondeo from Blaber's dealership, KB Cars. Within days "the clutch exploded inside the engine," and it was found that the brakes "were like tin."
"Blaber is definitely where he should be," said Mr Coley, "but I feel sorry for anybody else who has been ripped off by him or KB Cars."