June 19 2013 Latest news:
Report by Alex Evans, Reporter
Friday, July 6, 2012
AN ELDERLY husband and wife are considering legal action against a used car salesman who they say left them out of pocket.
Paul and Maureen Tubb, aged 81 and 83 respectively, of Burnham Drive, Bleadon, bought a used car from Smallcars in Chard, Somerset, and paid an extra £200 for road tax.
The couple were later told by Tony Brandon, the dealer, that there was a problem with obtaining the tax, but say they were promised they would receive the money back via a cheque in the post.
Despite dropping off their car as part-exchange and picking up their new purchase, they have not received their money back or got an answer from Mr Brandon.
Mr Brandon was contacted by the Mercury but declined to comment.
Mr Tubb said: “He promised to send the cheque by post but it never happened.
“Every time I ring him he’s on holiday or on the motorway or in hospital and can’t talk to me.”
Mr Tubb sent a letter to Mr Brandon on June 21 but at the time the Mercury went to print says he has not received a response or his money back.
In the letter, Mr Tubb wrote that he intends to report the matter to Trading Standards and is now preparing to take legal action.
Mr Tubb added: “It has been upsetting, my wife is almost in tears about it.
“The negotiations were affable and he seemed to be quite genuine.
“I am surprised. Really at my age it’s something I could do without.”
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