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The story that Fair Go presenter Gordon Harcourt has waited three years to tell, screens on the TV ONE consumer affairs show tonight.

Yesterday, a Mount Maunganui car dealer and his finance company were fined $65,000 for 28 charges of misleading representation in a “vehicle-go-round”.

Gordon first reported on the car dealer, Alan Spiers, in February 2011 and in July that year went back for a second story. It was on this occasion that he was assaulted and punched in the face, an offence he pleaded guilty to September 2011. Spiers was convicted and ordered to pay reparations to Gordon and to cover the repair of the camera equipment and court costs.

By the time of Gordon’s second visit, Spiers’ businesses Mount Auto Court and MAC Warranties had been raided by the Commerce Commission. Nearly three years later that investigation has finally concluded with a total of $65,000 in fines against Spiers and MAC Warranties sentenced in Court yesterday. Tonight, Fair Go will tell you what they couldn’t tell you in 2011, and show you how Spiers did business.

Here’s the trailer: