$11,500 fine for unlicensed car dealer

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A Western Australian man who sold 16 cars through classified adverts in newspapers has been fined $11,500 for unlicensed motor vehicle dealing and ordered to pay $1,045 in Court costs.

Wayne Leslie Marshall pleaded guilty at the Albany Magistrates Court on 14 June 2012.

Consumer Protection's lawyer told the Court that the defendant had sold 16 cars between the end of April 2010 and mid-August 2011.

Evidence was submitted which showed Mr Marshall had placed more than 60 newspaper adverts and made a profit of $4,020 through the sale of cars which he’d held for one to four months prior to sale.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe described it as a successful outcome which should act as a deterrent to others.

"Anyone who is in the business of selling cars in Western Australia must hold a licence under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973," Mr Newcombe said.

"If you buy and sell more than four vehicles in any 12 month period it will be presumed you need a licence. The defendant had never held a dealer’s licence.

"This is a high penalty and I hope it sends a clear message about how seriously authorities take unregulated motor vehicle sales.

"The law is in place to protect both small business operators within the motor vehicle industry and their customers who need to be sold roadworthy cars and have an opportunity to make warranty claims."

Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle dealer is licensed by logging on to www.commerce.wa.gov.au/motorvehicles.

The maximum penalty for selling motor vehicles without a licence is $50,000.


(Consumer Protection is a division of the Department of Commerce)

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Media Contact:
Alina Cavanagh
9282 0679 or 0423 846 397

Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2012

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