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There’s a lot to like about demonstrator vehicles – they’re practically new cars with very few kilometres that sell for cheaper prices than you’d otherwise pay for a genuine new motor. Another bonus is that clock only starts ticking on the time aspect of the manufacturer’s warranty (e.g. 5-years) on the date of purchase by a consumer and not while it’s in the dealership’s possession. Conversely,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Aug 2020
Consumer Protection has issued advice for customers of Aussie Sheds Albany affected by the bankruptcy of its sole proprietor Armand Javellana . The business closed this week after taking payments from consumers for the construction of sheds but has failed to supply the materials or complete the work. So far 38 consumers have reported paying a total of almost $500,000 for work yet to be commenced...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Aug 2020
Consumer Protection has launched a period of community and industry consultation with the view of determining whether the regulation of tow truck businesses and those working in the tow truck industry in WA is required. This consultation is prompted by community concerns about the conduct of some tow truck operators and reports of unscrupulous tactics being used to gain business from consumers...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Aug 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 12 August 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express hiking by between 40 and 42 cpl up to 143.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Aug 2020
Consumer Protection is warning consumers about an Albany shed seller who appears to have accepted a large amount of money in deposits and full payments but has failed to deliver. In the past week, Consumer Protection has received 19 complaints against Armand Javellana , trading as Aussie Sheds Albany , from customers who claim to have paid a total of $226,000 but construction of their sheds is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Aug 2020
A man who operated a business selling specialist motor vehicle parts as well as conducting driver training courses was fined $10,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court on 31 July 2020 and ordered to pay compensation to his disappointed customers amounting to $16,003. Gordon German , trading as Green Oval Experience formerly operating in Canning Vale, was also ordered to pay costs of $225.90. Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Aug 2020
Live stream scammers have targeted the Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards virtual event on Facebook prompting a warning from the consumer watchdog’s fraud prevention section WA ScamNet. Due to COVID-19, the Consumer Protection Awards March 2020 in-person event was postponed and then cancelled, leading to a virtual Awards ceremony for the first time. Commissioner Lanie Chopping says...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Aug 2020
If you’ve seen an advert promising big returns on an investment in shipping containers, then our advice is to consider whether it may be a scam or Ponzi scheme. WA ScamNet is aware of $800,000 of losses in Western Australia so far to a venture called Pacific Tycoon, which advertises investments in shipping containers and promises returns of up to 20 per cent when they lease it out on your behalf...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Aug 2020
Community service providers that offer support to some of our most vulnerable consumers have been recognised in the Consumer Protection Awards, along with a program to prevent infant sleeping deaths and a regional reporter. The 2020 winners were announced at a 'virtual' event on the Consumer Protection Facebook page after the awards ceremony in March was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Aug 2020
A 53 year old Applecross man was fined $4,500 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 24 July 2020 after pleading guilty to buying and selling 52 motor vehicles without a licence. The man, who was granted a spent conviction, had traded the vehicles between May 2018 and November 2019 in most cases using Gumtree. Not having a licence for this level of trading breaches the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Aug 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 5 August 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express and Caltex Woolworths hiking by up to 40 cpl up to 143.9 cpl; 7-Eleven up...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Aug 2020
If you’re a Western Australian who loves to travel, then odds are high you’ve had a trip cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully your refund or remedy was sorted quickly, but if not, you’re certainly not alone. Complaints to Consumer Protection were five times higher in the period from March 1 2020 until now, compared with the same period last year. Of the 625...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jul 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 29 July 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: BP hiking by up to 38 cpl up to 144.9 cpl; Caltex Woolworths, Caltex and Coles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Jul 2020
A winter warning for consumers looking to have their fireplaces cleaned – stay away from a chimney sweep who takes your money but then wanders off without finishing or even starting the job. Neil Michael Cole , formerly of Gidgegannup but now believed to be living in the Bunbury area and trading as The Wandering Chimney Sweep , has been advertising his services on Facebook Marketplace. On six...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jul 2020
‘Panic-buying’ is a term we’d usually associate with grocery shopping in 2020, however there are suggestions it may be happening in the quad-bike industry currently on the eve of new safety regulations. We have been concerned to hear reports that some quad bike dealerships are running low on stock as farmers and other consumers rush to buy-up current models that do not meet the important new...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jul 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 22 July 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 40 cpl up to 145.9 cpl; BP up to 144.9 cpl; Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jul 2020
A Perth tree lopper with a dubious history of bad behaviour when dealing with consumers has been ordered by the Supreme Court to pay a total of $22,380.60 in fines and costs after being convicted on appeal of breaching consumer laws relating to unsolicited sales. Sean Robert Weinthal , who at the time of the offences was operating under the business name West Coast Trees , was fined $7,500 and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jul 2020
Major reforms are now in force which lift the red tape burden on WA charities, reducing their administration costs and resulting in more money being made available to charity recipients. The changes to WA’s Charitable Collections Act simplify the application process and reporting requirements while removing duplication of compliance for charities. Charity licences do not have an expiry date now,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jul 2020
Toppled trees and fallen branches are a regular sight around Perth following high winds and thunderstorms, meaning winter is usually a busy time for the arborist industry. Hiring a tree-lopper or a tradesperson for any job should be a hassle-free experience, which is why consumers should exercise caution and research the businesses before engaging their services. Consumer Protection received 55...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jul 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 15 July 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 40 cpl up to 145.9 cpl; BP up to 144.9 cpl; Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jul 2020
There’s very little you can’t buy with a discount voucher these days, with group buying websites offering massive discounts on everything from restaurant meals and holidays, to groceries and car services. While everyone loves getting a bargain, it pays to be cautious before buying vouchers online, especially in these tough times. As the economy gets back on its feet post COVID-19, some businesses...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jul 2020
Puppy scam losses in Western Australia totalling more than $28,000 were reported in June, prompting Consumer Protection to issue a new warning for consumers to be cautious when responding to advertisements on websites, trading sites and social media. A total of 18 puppy scam reports were received last month, with individual losses ranging from $150 to more than $5,000. Commissioner for Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by 25 cents per litre (cpl) to 131.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 8 July 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 40 cpl up to 145.9 cpl; Caltex Woolworths and Caltex up to 143.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2020
It’s hard to keep your wits about you following a car accident – you’re often in shock, the traffic behind you starts piling up and all you want is to get the car off the road and away from the scene. Sighting an approaching tow-truck can therefore be a great relief, but there are things you should know before a breakdown or bingle occurs to avoid being stung financially. The first tow truck on...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jul 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 1 July 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 40 cpl up to 145.9 cpl; Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jun 2020

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