$8,000 fine for backyard car dealer (Zaid Tareq Al-Asadi)

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An unlicensed car dealer operating mostly from his Yokine home has been fined $8,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 24 September 2015.

Zaid Tareq Al-Asadi was convicted of buying and selling numerous motor vehicles between October 2012 and June 2014, without having a licence as required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. He was ordered to pay costs of $5,725.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe said unlicensed dealers undermine the motor vehicle industry and jeopardise the rights of consumers.

“Unlicensed dealing is a real danger to the community because the vehicles being sold could be substandard and, without a warranty, it could be difficult for consumers to get redress if things go wrong soon after purchase,” Mr Newcombe said.

“The licensing system ensures that only fit and proper people are involved in the motor vehicle industry and each licensed dealer must comply with the strict rules that are in place to protect consumers.

“Illegal operators undermine industry standards and consumers are urged not to deal with them. If anyone knows about an unlicensed dealer, their activities should be reported to Consumer Protection so that appropriate action can be taken.”

Consumers can check whether a car dealer is licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/cp/licencesearch. Unlicensed car dealers can be reported by emailing consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.

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Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Sep 2015

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