A STOURBRIDGE car dealer admitted selling a “dangerous and unroadworthy” vehicle for £3,500 when he appeared in court.

Khizar Bukhari, director of SOR Motors Ltd trading as The Motor Store, described the Mercedes ML350 as being in “mint condition” in an advert for car magazine Autotrader.

But an independent expert called in by Dudley Trading Standards ruled a “dangerous fault” with the power steering would have made it “almost impossible to safely negotiate a bend”.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that after purchasing the car, the buyer had complained of rust on the bodywork and rainwater leaking in.

She was left stranded on a supermarket car park when a fault with the automatic gear system meant she was unable to move, and got back in touch with the dealer to request a refund.

Bukhari, also known as “Callum”, refused the request and the buyer enlisted the help of Dudley Trading Standards, the court was told.

The team at Dudley Council called in an independent vehicle expert, who concluded “the vehicle was in a dangerous and unroadworthy condition” when sold by Bukhari in October 2021.

Among a number of faults found, the court was also told the expert concluded the handbrake system was “defective and inoperative”.

Bukhari, of Birmingham Street, Stourbridge, pleaded guilty to fraud, selling a dangerous vehicle and to contravening the requirements of professional diligence at court yesterday (Monday July 31).

Councillor Ian Bevan, cabinet member responsible for trading standards at Dudley Council, said: "Dudley Trading Standards will not tolerate traders who evade their responsibilities and risk people’s lives by putting dangerous vehicles on the road.

"Traders who expose consumers to risk of harm by selling unroadworthy vehicles will be investigated and are likely to face prosecution."

Bukhari is due to be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court on September 8.