$5,500 fine for backyard car dealer in Rockingham (Fletcher)

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A Rockingham man who was buying and selling motor vehicles illegally has been fined for unlicensed dealing after being prosecuted by Consumer Protection.

Terrence Fletcher, who was operating out of premises in Hurrell Road Rockingham pleaded guilty, was fined $5,500 and ordered to pay Court costs of $1,109 for unlawfully dealing in cars without a licence. He appeared in the Rockingham Magistrates Court on 17 August 2012.

Mr Fletcher had bought and sold 6 vehicles without a licence between July 2010 and January 2011 in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the licensing system is in place to protect car buyers from backyard operators.

“To obtain a car dealers licence, operators must prove themselves to be fit and proper people to run this type of business so there are checks in the system that protect car buyers,” Ms Driscoll said.

“Consumers who buy vehicles from unlicensed dealers put their safety and rights in jeopardy, as backyard operators don’t provide warranties that must be offered by licensed dealers by law and may not be selling roadworthy vehicles.”

Unlicensed car dealing should be reported to Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or email consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au .

 

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Alan Hynd  9282 0961 or 0429-078791  alan.hynd@commerce.wa.gov.au

Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Aug 2012

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