Transport ministry officials are investigating potential fraud involving used cars being sold as new by falsifying their documents, Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos said on Friday.
The case concerns one dealership, which officials suspect was importing used vehicles from the UK and selling them in Cyprus as new.
“We are at a very early stage,” Mitsopoulos said, but it appeared that there had been extensive falsification of data.
The Cyprus Mail has learned that so far the ministry’s internal audit department had found between 100 and 150 suspicious cases of dual-cab pickups.
There is also a separate aspect that the audit department was investigating: whether all legal procedures were followed in a large number of cases of re-exported vehicles.
Inspections and registrations are the job of the road transport department.
Mitsopoulos said authorities acted as soon as they received a complaint from someone who also provided evidence, which appeared to back the claims.
Some cases go back a couple of years, the minister said.
The matter was made public by the ministry itself, which announced the launch of the investigation.
The association of car importers (SEMO) called for a swift and thorough investigation whose results will be made public to prevent confusion in the crisis-hit sector.