$10,000 fine and spent conviction for unlicensed car dealer
A young man involved in the sale of a significant number of cars over a 17 month period, without holding a motor vehicle dealer’s licence, has been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $1,525.80 in costs at the Joondalup Magistrates Court (4 July 2014).
The university student, who the Court heard had recently immigrated to Australia, was granted a spent conviction for the offences between March 2012 and August 2013.
The Magistrate said that although the matter was not trivial, the accused had no prior convictions, appeared to be a person of good character and had aspirations to work in the mining industry, which would be affected if he was convicted.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll warned that anyone buying and selling cars in a business capacity must hold a valid motor vehicle dealer’s licence.
“Unlicensed motor vehicle dealing represents a danger to the community because the vehicles sold can be substandard and potentially unroadworthy,” she said.
“If problems arise after purchase, it can be difficult for car buyers to have any faults addressed, even where they may be entitled to under consumer law.
“Consumer Protection would like to hear from anyone in the community who is aware of unlicensed motor vehicle dealing – we will take action.”
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