Family fined over $80,000 for selling vehicles illegally (Andrew, Suzannah and Luke Gregory)

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A father, mother and their son have been fined a total of $81,440 by the Armadale Magistrates Court on 9 July 2015 for buying and selling vehicles from their homes in Merredin and Camillo without having a licence.

It was the parents’ third offence of illegal car dealing and they were given a daily penalty on top of a fine.

Andrew John Gregory (46) was fined $20,000 and a daily penalty of $30 for 524 days, totalling $35,720, and ordered to pay costs of $901.

Suzannah Marie Gregory (46) was fined $20,000 and a daily penalty of $30 for 524 days, totalling $35,720.

Luke John Gregory (20) was fined $10,000 for his first offence.

Andrew and Suzannah Gregory were both previously convicted of unlicensed car dealing in 1996 and again in 2008.

All three did not appear for the court hearing but submitted guilty pleas, admitting to selling a total of 38 vehicles from their Merredin home, then their Camillo home, over a 17 month period from June 2013 to December 2014. Most were advertised on Gumtree.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll is alarmed that the parents, who were repeat offenders, have also involved their son in their illegal activities.

“After being convicted of unlicensed car dealing in the past, the parents knew very well that their activities were illegal but, not only did they continue to break the law, they then turned it into a family business,” Ms Driscoll said.

“I hope the result of our Court action will finally bring an end to this family’s unlicensed dealing and also serve as a warning to other backyard operators about the very serious consequences.

“Car buyers should not be knowingly dealing with illegal backyard operators, as protections afforded to them such as warranties, title in the vehicle and consumer guarantees will not apply in these cases, so they are compromising their consumer rights.

“The licensing system for dealers ensures that only fit and proper people are permitted to work in the motor vehicle industry and those who operate outside of the licensing system escape that scrutiny.

“Backyard dealers undermine industry standards so unlicensed operators should be reported to Consumer Protection so that a stop can be put to their illegal activities.”

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

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Media release
10 Jul 2015

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