Fine drives home seriousness of offence
A QUEENS Park man has been fined $3000 after he pleaded guilty to selling vehicles from his home without a licence.
Between June 2016 and April 2018, Ali Hadi bought 66 vehicles and went on to sell 63, mostly via Gumtree.
Mr Hadi pleaded guilty to breaching the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act during his Perth Magistrates Court hearing on July 27.
He was also ordered to pay costs of $546.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said this activity was robbing car buyers of their rights.
“People who thumb their nose at the law by buying and selling vehicles as a business without getting a licence are a constant target for us as regulators of the industry,” he said.
“The licensing system is there to protect consumers and ensure their rights to a warranty and other consumer guarantees are protected.
“We urge the community to report any unlicensed motor vehicle dealing so we can take action to stamp it out.”
Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle dealer is licensed by doing a search on www.consumerprotection.wa.gov.au.
Unlicensed dealers can be reported by emailing email@example.com. au or 1300 30 40 54.