Unlicensed motor vehicle dealer ordered to pay almost $28,000 (Mark Lambley)

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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 Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard appealed to anyone with evidence of backyard car dealing, to report them.

“Unlicensed dealing leaves consumers exposed to risk in that they do not get the warranty rights that they are entitled to under laws that regulate the motor vehicle industry in WA,” Mr Hillyard said.

“Backyard operators are a menace as they undermine the business of licensed dealers who are doing the right thing and deprive consumers of a remedy if there is a fault with the vehicle after the sale.

“It’s our mission to stamp out illegal car dealing but we need the community’s help by reporting unlicensed activity so we can take appropriate action.”

Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle dealer is licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website: www.consumerprotection.wa.gov.au. Unlicensed dealers can be reported by emailing consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.

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Media Contact: Alan Hynd, (08) 6552 9248 / 0429 078 791 / alan.hynd@dmirs.wa.gov.au  

Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Mar 2018

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