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Car dealer 'misled' the public with SIMI logo'

A CAR sales garage misleadingly used the SIMI logo indicating membership of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, a court has heard.

Garage proprietor Dave Masters told the Circuit Civil Court he had since joined the SIMI but said that two years ago, when he allegedly made a "defective car" sale, there was nothing on his documentation indicating he was not a member.

He told barrister Benedict O'Floinn he had used the SIMI logo on his paperwork because he aspired to living up to the society's standards.

Masters, head of Dave Masters Motors, Kylemore Park South, Dublin, was sued by technician Keith Kelly for the return of his 1999 Five Series BMW and €2,500 cash or the full €7,500 cash value of the deal he made in May 2008.

Mr Kelly, of Lakeside Park, Newbridge, Co Kildare, said the 2001 Volkswagen Passat he bought was defective. He had traded down from a Five Series BMW. He also outlined issues he had with the non-replacement of the timing belt and difficulties with the coolant.

Masters told the court that Kelly had ignored repeated requests to return the car for minor repairs and since purchasing it had put up 32,000 miles on the vehicle.

Judge Leonie Reynolds awarded Mr Kelly €300 towards the replacement of the timing belt and €600 towards the cost of preparing the car for the NCT.