Two Bideford used car dealers who admitted selling dangerous and unroadworthy second-hand cars were sentenced at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday.Paul Hussey, who now lives in South Wales but was formerly the landlord of Quigleys Custom House in Bridgeland Street, Bideford, received a four-month suspended sentence and was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work. Adam Wallis, formerly of Ridgeway Drive, Westward Ho! but now living in Portsmouth, was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work. Both men had already pleaded guilty to a number of offences at the start of a trial in June. They sold cars at the DX Motors dealership on the Clovelly Road Industrial Estate but were investigated by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards following complaints from customers. The court heard that a VW Golf was in such a dangerous condition that the front passenger wheel fell off as the new owner was driving though Bideford a day after purchasing the car. A BMW 325i, bought by a young mother who had saved up for two years, was sold with the rear metal brake pipe hanging loosely under the rear of the vehicle. In summing up judge Jeremy Griggs said it was only by luck that their activities had not led to a serious road accident. It is pure good fortune that there was not a serious road accident as a result of them being on the roads, he said. The supply of dangerous vehicles is a serious matter and the public expect significant penalties. Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Councils Member with responsibility for Trading Standards said the council would not tolerate dangerous trading activity. I hope this prosecution highlights how we strive to protect the people of Devon, he said. Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service will continue to do all they can to protect our residents, particularly the most vulnerable, and safeguard the economic interests of legitimate local businesses from such damaging, unfair trading practices by taking necessary enforcement action. Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Service runs the Buy With Confidence Scheme. The scheme is designed to give customers confidence that they will be treated fairly and legally.Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.