Illegal car dealers fined
TWO men from Huntingdale and Thornlie have been fined for selling vehicles without a licence.
Grant William James Hislop, of Huntingdale, failed to appear in Joondalup Magistrates Court on August 3 and was fined $9500 in his absence for selling vehicles from his home without having a licence.
Steven Jeffrey Land, of Thornlie, pleaded guilty at the Armadale Magistrates Court on August 7 for buying 46 vehicles and selling 38 of them without a licence.
He was fined $15,000 and ordered to pay costs of $964.10.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said any person who bought and sold vehicles was considered to be a dealer if four or more transactions were made within 12 months.
“We urge the community to report unlicensed motor vehicle dealing to us,” he said.
“This illegal activity means consumers do not get the warranties and protections that they would otherwise receive when purchasing from a licensed dealer. The licensing system is there to ensure the buyer’s rights to a warranty and other consumer guarantees are protected.”
He said anyone wanting to sell motor vehicles as a way to make money needed to get a licence.
Unlicensed dealers can be reported at consumer@ dmirs.wa.gov.au or 1300 30 40 54.