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A Port Kennedy vehicle repairer has been ordered by the Perth Magistrates Court to pay $48,492.59 in fines, compensation and costs after accepting payments from consumers but failing to complete the work.
Christopher Adam Hall, former Director of 5XH Logistics Pty Ltd (deregistered) formerly trading as The Barra Shed, was fined $15,000 on 14 April 2023 for breaching the Australian Consumer Law and ordered to pay costs of $2,047.30 as well as $31,445.29 in compensation to three consumers.
Between May 2019 and June 2020, Mr Hall accepted payments totalling $47,691.25 from three vehicle owners for mechanical work:
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Trish Blake said this case highlights the dangers of paying too much upfront.
“For expensive work like engine conversions, it is vital that only a small deposit is paid up front, if at all, and consumers can also consider negotiating progress payments once stages of work have been confirmed to be completed,” Ms Blake said.
“Paying large deposits, or even the full amount, upfront leaves consumers vulnerable, especially in these circumstances where the work is not carried out in a reasonable time, with customers out of pocket and without a functioning vehicle.
“As well as being illegal, it is a serious betrayal of trust for Mr Hall to accept payments from his customers and then do very little work in return. It is totally unacceptable that they were then placed in a position of having to spend more money to make the vehicles roadworthy.”
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