$4,000 fine for unlicensed car dealing (Gilbert Broadway)
A Duncraig man has been fined $4,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3,750 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court on 30 March 2015 for selling vehicles online without a licence.
Gilbert Arnold Broadway had purchased 13 vehicles at auction and sold them on Gumtree between September 2012 and April 2014 without a licence, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said consumers who deal with unlicensed dealers are compromising their rights.
“The licensing system ensures that only fit and proper people are involved in the motor vehicle industry and each licensed dealer must comply with the consumer protections that are in place,” Ms Driscoll said.
“Consumers who buy from unlicensed backyard dealers may be foregoing their right of a warranty on that vehicle and may have difficulties in getting a remedy if things go wrong soon after purchase.
“Illegal operators undermine industry standards and their activities should be reported immediately to Consumer Protection so that action can be taken.”
Consumers can check if a car dealer is licensed, and whether the licence is subject to any special conditions, on Consumer Protection’s online licence search at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/CP/licencesearch.
Further information the licensing requirements for motor vehicle dealers can be obtained on the Consumer Protection website www.commerce.wa.gov.au/motorvehicles. Enquiries can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 30 40 54.
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