Fine for illegal car dealer’s second offence (Jayde Ashleigh Grundy)

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A Girrawheen woman has been fined $11,270 by the Perth Magistrates Court after being convicted for a second time of unlicensed car dealing.

In her first offence, Jayde Ashleigh Grundy was fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court in January 2011.

In the latest prosecution by Consumer Protection, Ms Grundy was convicted on 22 August 2014 of buying and selling numerous vehicles between July 2012 and March 2014 without having a licence as required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.

In this case, Magistrate Atkins imposed a global fine of $5,000 but, being a second offence, a daily penalty of $10 per day for 627 days, totalling $6,270, was also imposed.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe has urged anyone who knows of unlicensed motor vehicle dealing occurring in the community to report it to Consumer Protection.

“The reason we have a licensing system for motor vehicle dealers is to protect consumers by providing a warranty and ensuring only people of good character with financial resources are authorised to sell cars in WA,” Mr Newcombe said.

“To maintain the integrity of the licensing system, reports of illegal dealing need to be investigated and action taken if proven.”

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

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25 Aug 2014

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