Third time unlucky for backyard car dealer (Jayde Ashleigh Grundy)
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A woman who used to live in Girrawheen has been fined $9,140 for unlicensed car dealing in WA – it’s the third time Consumer Protection has taken Jayde Ashleigh Grundy to court.
Ms Grundy, who does not have a licence under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973 to carry on a business of buying and selling cars, was also ordered to pay $2,185.05 costs at Joondalup Magistrates Court on 3 August 2016. She appeared via audio link because she has now moved to Queensland.
The allegations related to the buying and selling of six motor vehicles in Perth between April 2014 and March 2015 through advertisements posted on the classifieds website Gumtree. Ms Grundy made an estimated loss of $1,200 from her dealings during that period.
Her $9,140 penalty was a combination of a $6,000 fine and a daily penalty of $10 a day for 314 days; equalling $3140. There is a maximum penalty of $50,000 and daily penalty of $1,000 but Magistrate Hay said that the accused’s early guilty plea had gone in her favour and he also took into consideration that she made no profit.
Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said: “The licensing system aims to protect car buyers by making sure the dealer is of good character, has the necessary financial resources to operate in the industry and recognises laws that apply. For example an authorised dealer must assist the car buyer if something goes wrong with a vehicle after purchase and a warranty claim is made.
“Ms Grundy has disregarded the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act over a significant period of time and Consumer Protection doesn’t take that lightly, which is why we have prosecuted her repeatedly. We hope the penalty for this offence acts as a deterrent both to Ms Grundy and to backyard car dealers generally.”
Car buyers can check whether a dealer is licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/cp.
Unlicensed car dealers can be reported by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 30 40 54.
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