Il­le­gal car deal­ers fined

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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.

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