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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
11 Oct 2019
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
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
Motor vehicle repairers and repair businesses operating in Western Australia are regulated under the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 (the Act). The Act requires all motor vehicle repair businesses...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
16 Aug 2017

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The average price of unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by more than 15 cents per litre (cpl) to 150.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up this public holiday Monday to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 June 2019, most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (hiking by 29 cpl). Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 157...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Jun 2019
A Perth car dealership and a salesperson managing the business have been fined $31,500 in total for duping consignors who they were selling vehicles for. PAG (WA) Pty Ltd , trading as Xoticar of Welshpool and Mr Zeljko Grujin each pleaded guilty to a total of seven contraventions of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) and two breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) at the Perth Magistrates...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 May 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 155 cpl tomorrow (28 May 2019), so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 May 2019, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and 7-Eleven sites are increasing their ULP price to 161.9 cpl (increasing by between 25 cpl to 30 cpl). Most Puma...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 May 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 16 cents per litre (cpl) to 156 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 21 May 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 164.9 cpl (increasing by 26 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 163.9 cpl, most Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2019
Selling cars without a motor vehicle dealer’s licence has cost a Perth man $5,000 after he was fined by the Perth Magistrates Court in a case brought against him by Consumer Protection. In addition to being fined $5,000, 32-year-old Rainer Puhmas from Innaloo was ordered to pay costs of $525.50 after pleading guilty by letter during the hearing on 3 May 2019. Rainer Puhmas bought 17 cars and sold...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 May 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 158.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 14 May 2019, most Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 165.9 cpl (increasing by 24 to 26 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 161.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 May 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 156.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 7 May 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 165.9 cpl (increasing by 23 cpl). Most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 163.9 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by about 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 158.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 30 April 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 164.9 cpl (hiking by 24 cpl). Most BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 163...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Apr 2019
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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Buying a vehicle via online auction has left a WA consumer with a sour taste in her mouth after the car turned out to be a lemon. The woman, who told her story on TV recently, bid $6,000 because the SUV had only done 135,000km and seemed like a bargain. But when she drove it away after purchase, it...
Consumer Protection
Department News
11 Apr 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey to invite feedback on our services and our role as a regulator. The results will help DMIRS focus on business areas and services that need performance improvements. If you subscribe to a DMIRS email newsletter or subscriber news service, you may be contacted by email and invited to take...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Apr 2019

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