The reputation of used car dealers took a terrible knock the other when it was revealed that a Radio One DJ pretended to be an Arthur Daley-like character. He didn’t even pretend to be a very good one. The presenter of the BBC breakfast show in 2012 claimed to have run up £1million of losses by selling only £3,731 worth of used cars. That really is spectacular incompetence isn’t it?
Surely DJs should stick to what they know best. I could sell cars all day long and make a rather more modest loss. After all, playing records and talking isn’t something that I could do. Except that, actually, it is.
He wasn’t alone of course, apparently 450 celebrities and fund managers decided to join the complicated “Working Wheels” tax avoidance scheme, and will now be chased for the money that they owe by HM Revenue and Customs.