Latest prosecution for illegal car dealing (Raheem Al-Mouswy)

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A Yokine man has become the tenth person in the past year to be prosecuted for unlicensed car dealing in WA.

Raheem Al-Mouswy, who was buying and selling motor vehicles illegally from his home, was fined when he appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on 17 August 2012.

Mr Al-Mouswy had purchased 32 vehicles and sold 25 vehicles between February 2010 and April 2011 in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the Department has been consistently focussing on unlicensed motor vehicle dealing.  Fines totalling $43,200 have been imposed on these illegal car dealers in the past year.

“The message is clear – the licensing system is in place to protect car buyers from backyard operators. To obtain a car dealers licence, operators must prove themselves to be fit and proper people to run this type of business so there are checks in the system that protect car buyers,” Ms Driscoll said.

“Consumers are duped by these people who masquerade as private sellers.  These vehicles should be provided with consumer guarantees against any faults and a guarantee of good title on the car.  All too often we find these illegal car sales on the very fringe of the legitimate car sales industry, buying cheaply and selling to unsuspecting consumers who can ill afford to buy this type of vehicle.”

Any consumers who have been sold a vehicle by someone they suspect to be an unlicensed motor vehicle dealer should report it to Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or by email consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au .

 

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Media Contact:

Alan Hynd  9282 0961 or 0429-078791  alan.hynd@commerce.wa.gov.au

Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Aug 2012

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