$8,000 fine for Victoria Park car dealer

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A Victoria Park car dealer has been fined a total of $8,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for nine breaches of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.

Zabiullah Sadat, a partner in the business Gold Myer Autos & Spare Parts on Albany Highway was also ordered to pay Court costs of $1,732 on 7 September 2012.

Mr Sadat, a licensed car dealer, had failed to keep proper records of transactions in a register and failed to display signed notices in used cars for sale, as required by law. He also failed to have signed agreements for cars being sold on consignment in place and didn’t set up a trust account for the processing of the proceeds of these sales. He also sold a car without a written agreement in breach of the Act.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said motor vehicle dealers must ensure that the required paperwork is up to date.

“It is a strict requirement of holding a dealer’s licence to have a register of transactions kept current and signed agreements and other documents in place recording every sale. This allows for greater transparency and accountability of motor vehicle transactions and offers the consumer better protection,” Ms Driscoll said.

“Our Automotive Branch conducts regular random checks of dealers to make sure they have the correct documentation in place to operate a car yard. As in this case, dealers can face hefty fines if their paperwork is not in order.”

Information regarding the requirements of operating a motor vehicle dealership can be obtained by contacting Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or by email consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au

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Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2012

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