False odometer fine for car seller
AN East Victoria Park man was fined $2000 and ordered to pay further costs of $2000 for selling a car with a wound-back odometer reading.
The 26-year-old licensed motor vehicle salesman appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on March 1.
The man, who was granted a spent con- viction, had bought a 2007 Holden Commodore in July 2014 with an odometer reading of 162,538.
A month later the man sold the vehicle to a dealer and with an odometer reading of 121,150.
The original owner of the vehicle noticed the incorrect reading being advertised by the dealer and reported it to Consumer Protection.
Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said this deceptive practice was a serious offence.
“Whether you are selling a car privately or to a dealer, you are breaking the law if the odometer has been wound back,” Mr Hillyard said.
“There are now many methods by which the true odometer reading of a vehicle can be established, so it’s only a matter of time before any deception is discovered and offenders will face prosecution action by Consumer Protection.”