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Have travelling con men knocked on your door? If the travelling con men are on your property or in your immediate area, call Police on 131 444. If they have left the area, contact Crimestoppers 1800 333 000. Western Australians are being ripped off by 'bitumen bandits' and other dodgy con men...
Tradespeople
When you buy a second hand vehicle it is best to try to obtain one with a full service history and log books. If the vehicle doesn’t have a log book, buy one so you can record all servicing repairs on the vehicle. It will help you sell it later. When booking your vehicle in for a service, clearly...
Servicing, repair and towing
A new vehicle comes with a vehicle service book (log book) which outlines when the vehicle should be serviced and what type of maintenance should be done. To keep your vehicle in good working order the service/maintenance schedule should be followed. The service book also gives a service history of...
Servicing, repair and towing
When you buy a second-hand vehicle privately there is a risk that there could be money owing on it. As the new owner you could become liable for this debt. The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) can show if vehicle is recorded as being "encumbered". This means there could be money owing...
Buying a vehicle
When you buy a vehicle you should inspect it thoroughly. An independent vehicle inspection can help identify problems and assess the value of the car accurately. It can also help you to negotiate the sale price. There are numerous reputable organisations that can perform this inspection for you...
Buying a vehicle
You may pick up a good bargain by buying a vehicle at auction. You may be able to negotiate a contract to buy the vehicle, or buy the vehicle on the 'fall of the hammer'. In the event that an auction house will not allow a test drive, you should make a thorough inspection of the vehicle ...
Buying a vehicle
Buying a vehicle privately can be cheaper than buying from a dealer however it also offers less security. As the vehicle will not be covered by a statutory warranty, it is a good idea to have it inspected prior to purchase. This will be at your own cost. Depending on the age of the vehicle, you may...
Buying a vehicle
Whenever you buy a motor vehicle from another person or dealer, you and the seller enter into a contract for the purchase of that motor vehicle. The contract sets out your agreement. When you buy from a dealer, you will have to sign a written document called a " Contract to buy a motor vehicle "...
Buying a vehicle
You may be able to trade in your vehicle when you purchase a new or used one. Check with the dealer or seller. Present your vehicle in the best possible way if you want to sell it. It would be a good idea to clean, wash and polish it, have any mechanical faults repaired and ensure everything is in...
Buying a vehicle
It is important that you consider a range of issues and do a number of checks before you buy a vehicle. Buying a car is a big investment for most people. Make sure you do your homework before doing the deal, regardless of whether it is through a private seller or with a car yard. See the...
Buying a vehicle

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The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 143.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 19 February 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 30 cpl to 155.9 cpl, Caltex Woolworths to 153.7 cpl, 7-Eleven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Feb 2020
A cement business owner has been fined $4,500 by the Busselton Magistrates Court and ordered to pay $3,000 in compensation to three of his clients after pleading guilty to accepting deposit payments but failing to deliver the goods or services. Jamie Douglas Bishop of Busselton was trading as Busselton Cement Products when the breaches of the Australian Consumer Law occurred in 2016 and 2017. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Feb 2020
A Queensland-based property management company was fined $80,000 by the Mandurah Magistrates Court on 11 February 2020 for failing to lodge tenancy bonds on time and for keeping records that contained false dates. Asset Realty Pty Ltd , which has a registered place of business in Welshpool, had accepted bonds from eight tenants, mostly in the Mandurah area, but had failed to lodge them with the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Feb 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping Consumer Protection welcomes new safety requirements for miniature motorbikes, which strengthen consumer protection for young riders. Miniature motorbikes are often copies of popular road motorcycles, such as grand prix race bikes or ‘chopper’ motorbikes and are usually about half the size of a full-size motorcycle. Mini motorbikes might...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Feb 2020
Western Australians were tricked out of more than $13.6 million by scammers in 2019, up 17 per cent from the previous year, according to figures released by WA ScamNet. Victim numbers also increased ten per cent with 705 people reporting losses in 2019. There was a surge in losses to investment scams, which again topped the list of categories in 2019. Romance scams and hacking scams continued to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Feb 2020
A home renovations tradie with a history of ripping off WA consumers has been fined $11,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court, ordered to pay $2,500 in compensation to one consumer as well as legal costs of $1,085.50, for breaking the Australian Consumer Law. On 7 February 2020, Mark Edward Straw of Warnbro (formerly High Wycombe), trading as C.C. Renoes , was convicted in his absence, by way of a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Feb 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 145 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 12 February 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 31 cpl to 157.9 cpl, Caltex Woolworths to 153.7 cpl, and Puma...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Feb 2020
Regional electricity provider Horizon Power was fined $40,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 4 February 2020 for incorrect work in Kununurra that caused a fire and the telecommunications equipment at various properties to become potentially unsafe. Horizon Power was also ordered to pay $1,516.40 in costs, after earlier pleading guilty to breaching the Electricity Regulations 1947. The court...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Feb 2020
FuelWatch reports a disruption to the usual weekly petrol price cycle in Perth. For the past five years, the weekly cycle has been consistent, with most fuel outlets in the Perth metropolitan area hiking their regular unleaded petrol (ULP) prices every Tuesday by about 20 cents per litre (cpl) on average. Prior to June 2015, the cycle involved prices being increased on a Thursday. In recent weeks...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Feb 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping There are many success stories of people who’ve met through dating websites or apps and fallen in love but unfortunately there are also some very sad stories where people have fallen victim to romance scams. In 2019 Australians reported romance scam losses of more than $28 million, to the ACCC’s Scamwatch. Australia’s consumer protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2020

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