Back­yard car dealer fined

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

AN un­li­censed mo­tor ve­hi­cle dealer was fined $7500 and or­dered to pay costs of about $1000 af­ter plead­ing guilty at the Perth Mag­is­trates Court last month.

Cloverdale res­i­dent Glyn David Robin­son pur­chased 42 ve­hi­cles and sold 21 of them be­tween March 2014 and Septem­ber 2015 with­out a li­cence.

Mr Robin­son was in breach of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Deal­ers Act and had sold the ve­hi­cles through 38 ad­ver­tise­ments on­line on Gumtree.

Act­ing com­mis­sioner for con­sumer pro­tec­tion David Hill­yard said back­yard car deal­ing was a threat to con­sumers.

“Sell­ing more than four ve­hi­cles in a year is gen­er­ally re­garded as op­er­at­ing a busi­ness, rather than sim­ply dis­pos­ing of our own ve­hi­cles or tak­ing part in a hobby,” Mr Hill­yard said.

“Un­li­censed deal­ers do not of­fer warranties for their ve­hi­cles which put con­sumers at great risk.

“The other ma­jor con­cern is that the ve­hi­cles be­ing sold could be sub-stan­dard in qual­ity and pose a safety risk in the event of me­chan­i­cal fail­ure while on the road.”

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