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Both private sellers and licensed car dealers advertise online. Be wary of purchasing a car you have not seen in person. If you decide to buy a car online advertised by a private seller you are strongly encourage to conduct a Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) check. When you purchase...
Buying a vehicle
Whatever disposal method is used for the goods, be sure to keep a record of communication with the customer, every notice sent and documents relating to your costs for storing and disposing of the goods. The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 requires that within seven days of selling or...
Disposing of uncollected goods
There are procedures to follow if your customer gives you a ‘notice of dispute’ within one month of you serving them with a Form 1, Form 2 or Form 4 as set out in the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Regulations 1971 . There is no prescribed notice of dispute in the Regulations but it needs to set out...
Disposing of uncollected goods
If you sell the goods (pursuant to a court order) Deduct from the proceeds all of your lawful and reasonable moneys owed, charges and sale expenses (including advertising, storage, sales commission, insurance, etc. If there is a shortfall, you may claim the balance from the party who left the goods...
Disposing of uncollected goods
There are certain forms you need to use when notifying the various people of your intention to dispose of goods. Following these procedures and using the correct forms can save you problems later, particularly if your customers turn up wanting their goods. You should be aware that penalties apply...
Disposing of uncollected goods
Generally, service of documents can be done by: delivering them to the party personally; posting them to the party’s last known address; or leaving them at the party’s residence, or if they are a principal of a business, at the usual or last known place of business. In the case of a corporation or...
Disposing of uncollected goods
Many businesses are left holding goods which customers never return to collect. These goods often become a nuisance and take up valuable storage space. It is sometimes in your best interest to dispose of them . If you decide to take this action, the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 and its...
Disposing of uncollected goods
Warranty obligations for dealers The statutory warranty is a legal obligation imposed on licensed motor vehicle dealers under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act to repair certain defects in second-hand vehicles they have sold. The obligation requires you to carry out the repairs, or arrange for another...
Selling vehicles
Consignment selling is the process by which a licensed motor vehicle dealer agrees to sell a vehicle on behalf of a member of the public. The dealer then pays the former owner the sale proceeds less an agreed commission. Trust accounts Sales by consignment are regulated under the Motor Vehicle...
Selling vehicles
Penalties and infringements The Motor Vehicle Dealers Act imposes serious obligations on licensed dealers, yard managers and salespersons and the way they operate their business. Failing to meet those obligations can result in the Department prosecuting offending licence holders before a Court, or...
Motor vehicle sellers

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Dealers are required to appoint a Registered Company Auditor, approved by the Commissioner, at the time of opening a Consignment Trust Account and notify the Commissioner of the Auditors details. If...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
15 Sep 2017
In recent years, two people have died as a result of crush injuries from falling trailer ramps. The trailer ramps were operated by a sealed hydraulic system. In both incidents, the ramps had earlier...
WorkSafe
Alert
25 Nov 2016
On Wednesday 1 June 2016, the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner released the Discussion Paper - Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia (the discussion paper) for public...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Jul 2016
The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Jun 2016
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to increase awareness of safety issues faced by the car retailing industry and highlight the effect and importance of appropriate systems of work and safety...
WorkSafe
Checklist
04 Sep 2014
Better Trading was a free electronic newsletter published by Consumer Protection. It contained current issues, important events and future trends in consumer protection and fair trading matters...
Consumer Protection
Newsletter
12 Mar 2015
To obtain a motor vehicle repair business licence, you must: complete the application for a Motor Vehicle Repair Business Licence; pay the appropriate fee ; and meet the requirements for obtaining a...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
01 Sep 2017
Should you require assistance with completing this form please contact Licensing by telephone on 1300 304 064 (within Australia) or email . What do I need to complete an application To complete the...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
02 Jul 2018
Sample complaint letter to a car dealer. Your name Your address Your phone number Your email address (if you have one) Date N ame of dealer Street Suburb/Town State Postcode Dear Sir/Madam Re: (...
Consumer Protection
Template
28 Apr 2016
Review of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973 and Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 complete list of issues and questions
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
29 May 2014

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The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 154.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 8 May 2018, most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of between 26 and 30 cpl). Most Puma sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 May 2018
Consumer Protection fears some WA consumers are at risk of suffering large losses after the closure of a West Perth car dealership which specialised in selling luxury vehicles on consignment. So far 15 car owners who signed consignment contracts with Luxuride in Newcastle Street have reported being out of pocket a total of $960,000. The car yard was operated by Luxuride Pty Ltd . Director Nicolas...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 May 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 152.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 1 May 2018, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Puma and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price to 156.9 cpl (an increase of between 23 and 27 cpl). Most 7-Eleven sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Apr 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 151.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 24 April 2018, most Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price to 156.9 cpl (an increase of between 21 and 27 cpl). Most Caltex and Puma sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Apr 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 149.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 17 April 2018, most Caltex, Puma, BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.9 cpl (an increase of between 26 and 28 cpl). Most 7-Eleven and Coles Express...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Apr 2018
A Bellevue couple has been fined $2,500 each by the Midland Magistrates Court for selling vehicles from their home without a licence. Ty Mellowship and Mandy Paula Rowe were convicted in their absence on 9 April 2018 of breaching the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act and were also ordered to pay costs of $598 each. Between July 2016 and April 2017, Mr Mellowship bought and sold five vehicles. Between...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Apr 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 148.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 10 April 2018, most Caltex, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.9 cpl (an increase of between 24 and 28 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths and BP sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 147 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 3 April 2018, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.9 cpl (an increase of 31 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl, and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Apr 2018
An unlicensed motor vehicle dealer has been ordered to pay a total of $27,757 by the Armadale Magistrates Court after being found guilty on 27 March 2018. Mark Anthony Lambley , who mostly operated in Kelmscott, was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $22,757 in costs. He bought 36 motor vehicles at auction and on-sold 12 of them between April 2013 and June 2014 without a licence, in breach of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Mar 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 27 March 2018, most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl (an increase of 27 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Caltex, BP and Coles Express sites are increasing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Mar 2018

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