Man fined for selling car with wound-back odometer

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A licensed motor vehicle salesperson, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 1 March 2016 for selling a car with a wound-back odometer reading.

The 26 year old man from East Victoria Park, who was granted a spent conviction, had purchased a 2007 Holden Commodore in July 2014 with an odometer reading of 162,538 kilometres. A month later he sold the vehicle to a motor vehicle dealer and it had an odometer reading of 121,150 kilometres.

The original owner of the vehicle noticed the incorrect odometer reading being advertised by the dealer so it was reported to Consumer Protection and an investigation was launched.

It is an offence under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act to sell a vehicle with an altered odometer reading with the intent of misleading the buyer.

Magistrate Flynn said the man took advantage of what he knew in order to gain a profit and that it was a sophisticated attempt to scam another party.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said this deceptive practice is a serious offence.

“Whether you are selling a car privately or to a dealer, you are breaking the law if the odometer has been wound back,” Mr Hillyard said.

“There are now many methods by which the true odometer reading of a vehicle can be established, so it’s only a matter of time before any deception is discovered and offenders will face prosecution action by Consumer Protection.”

Car buyers who believe they have been misled can contact Consumer Protection by emailing consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.

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03 Mar 2016

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