Yousef Hussain – Used car scam

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I want to expose this conman called Yousuf Hussain (Apparently he goes by other surnames) who buys and sells cars that are previously crashed and damaged which he has repaired and then sells onto the public. He does not tell you that the cars have been involved in accidents or previously damaged.

He used to be based in Edmonton, North London and lived in a private estate off Montague Road. Apparently he went to prison some time ago for theft (Or so we are told) and then when he came out he left and moved but many people still remember him.

He was very confrontational with neighbours who complained when he sold cars from home and was known to slash tyres and damage their cars (Breaking their windows etc)

We saw an advertisment for an ideal car and called the mobile number (WITHHELD DUE TO DATA PROTECTION ACT) and then saw the car in the evening after we finished work. He kept hurrying us into either buying it or securing it with a deposit or else it would be sold the same day. We caved in and gave a deposit but we had a bad feeling about it.

When we saw the car in the flesh, we decided to get a mechanic to come and have a look at it for us. The mechanic asked the seller questions on the history of the car, why panels seemed bent – had it had an accident before? etc and he kept avoiding the questions. The mechanic then advised us in front of Yousef NOT to buy it and so we demanded our deposit back.

The seller refused to give us our deposit back, which was almost 50 percent of the price of the car so we felt compelled to buy it as it was too much money to lose.

After buying the car off him in good faith and having be told that there were no known issues of any kind, we soon realised that we had ended up with a damaged car with dodgy repairs . As our knowledge of cars is limited, we took him at face value and hoped for the best.

We have since learnt he uses the trick of catching vulnerable buyers off guard and takes large deposits from them so that almost everyone goes through with the sale or they lose a large sum of money.

A description of him is:

  • 5 foot 9 tall
  • Asian
  • thin build
  • northern accent (Possibly Bradford)
  • Has a private plate on the car he drives
  • Also rides a motorbike

The lesson I learned is if you are looking to buy a car is to take an experienced mechanic with you before you even put a deposit and check the category of the car to see if it has been involved in an accident.

Certainly do not do any business with him if you encounter him, he is a liar and a conman and after my experience I want to stop him from cheating other people.