False odome­ter fine for car seller

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.”

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