A double glazing salesman jailed after he pleaded guilty to multiple breaches of consumer protection which resulted in his elderly victims being cheated out of thousands of pounds.
According to recent reports in Trinity Mirror North West, Andrew Bagshaw a 39-year-old businessman who ran a company called Ecoways (not registered at as a limited company) in Brighouse was found guilty by Leeds Crown Court, and sentenced to 8 months imprisonment.
His victims were mainly in their 80’s the eldest being 87.
It seems Bagshaw, failed to return deposits, taking deposits and not doing the work, failing to honour a 10 year guarantee, wrongfully claiming to be Certass registered, and misleading selling prices by claiming prices were for one day only, or that they could be reduced by a Pilkington’s scheme (when no such scheme existed)
David Lodge, West Yorkshire Trading Standards said:
“This is another excellent result against rogue traders in our area. The case and the level of sentence imposed illustrates the seriousness with which the courts view traders who flout the laws designed to protect the public in general and the elderly and vulnerable in particular.”
Elderly people are most vulnerable to this type of behaviour. Naturally very trusting, they have less idea of what things cost in todays world, they go with how nice the person appeared to be, and rarely have access to review websites to verify the claims made.
So how would you avoid being ripped off by a double glazing salesman?
Well for starters, never feel forced to buy, take your time, consider alternative quotes, ask neighbours if they have contacts or recommended tradespeople.
Ask yourself how can someone do this same work for half the price, something cannot be right. Most companies who comply with regulations, registrations etc pay extra for memberships, so their costs will be higher but you’ll have more redress should things turn bad.
Always pay by credit card, you have extra protection, ensure deposits or stage payments are additionally covered by your chosen company with IBG Insurance Backed Guarantees so that if they scarper with your dosh, you have other routes to claim a refund.
Most of all, do some research, use sites like ours to check their accreditations, read independent reviews on our website (not written by or added by the company themselves), and check with schemes exist or is it just a clever marketing trick to get you to sign up.
Remember if you buy from the internet you can return goods regardless of being faulty or not (because you haven’t seen a sample) and you have extended time to cancel a contract (just over 1 year) if the company fails to inform you of your cancellation rights, at the time of signing the contract.