Kimberley car buyers warned about unlicensed dealers

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Consumer Protection is concerned about an increasing number of people in Broome and surrounding areas selling multiple vehicles without a dealer’s licence.

While there is nothing wrong with people selling their vehicles privately, a person who sells or exchanges more than four vehicles in a 12 month period may be deemed to be a dealer under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.

Consumer Protection’s Director of Retail and Services, David Hillyard says the vehicles are being advertised on social media by people claiming to be travelling through the region.

“Consumer Protection is concerned about the standard and quality of the vehicles being sold by these unlicensed sellers,” Mr Hillyard said.

“Licensed car dealers are required to provide a warranty on most used vehicles if they are less than 12 years old, have not travelled more than 180,000 kilometres and the price is more than $4,000.

“Buying cars privately can be risky because vehicles are not covered by warranties and it can be very difficult to have faults addressed. 

“If buying privately, you should always have the vehicle inspected by a competent licensed mechanic before proceeding with the purchase.

“I urge consumers not to deal with unlicensed dealers and to contact Consumer Protection with any information about illegal motor vehicle dealing in the Kimberley so we can investigate.”

If you are buying privately check the Personal Properties Securities Register, to see  if the car has been previously written off, stolen or has money still owing on it.  The PPS Register can be accessed at  Also check the vehicle licence and its expiry.  Make sure the vehicle identification number (VIN), number plate, engine number, year of manufacture and the owner details match the licence papers.

Consumers can check whether a car dealer is licensed by checking on Consumer Protection’s online licence search at

Unlicensed car dealers can be reported by emailing or by calling 1300 30 40 54.


Media contact (Consumer Protection)

Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2015

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