$9,000 fine for unlicensed car dealer (Al-Samahi)

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A Ballajura man who sold 19 vehicles without a car dealer’s licence has been fined $9,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court.

Musa Sabeeh Al-Samahi was also ordered to pay court costs of $878 on 15 June 2012.

The court was told that Mr Al-Samahi has not held a motor vehicle dealer’s licence since December 2008. However, he bought 28 vehicles and sold 19 vehicles between February 2010 and April 2011.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe said it is illegal for anyone to buy and sell motor vehicles as a business without having a licence.

“A consumer who buys a car from an unlicensed dealer does not have the protections that are available under the law,” Mr Newcombe said.

“The licensing system 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. Reports of unlicensed dealing can be made to 1300 30 40 54 or consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au .

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Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jun 2012

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