David Doyle, of Orchard Road, South Ockendon, has been fined £100 and ordered to pay £500 after he admitted advertising cars for sale in a layby.
On Monday (30 April) Basildon Magistrates heard the cars were seen with for sale signs and contact details in the lay-by in Tamarisk Road in 2011 – contravening the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005.
Checks discovered that the cars were not registered to Doyle but his details were confirmed after calls were made to the numbers on the for sale notices.
A letter sent to Doyle asking for the vehicles to be moved was ignored and a penalty notice issued in October 2011.
Doyle told the court that he had not received the fixed penalty notice and the cars were the last from a car dealership he had previously owned. In mitigation he added he had been facing a number of different financial and emotional matters.
The court also ordered him to pay an additional £15 victim surcharge.