Beware rogue dealers
CONSUMER Protection has issued a warning about doing business with backyard car dealers after the Perth Magistrates Court fined a man $3000 for selling vehicles from an East Victoria Park home without a licence.
The 33-year-old man, who now lives in Cannington, was granted a spent conviction after pleading guilty to buying and selling 30 vehicles between July 2014 and March this year by advertising on the website Gumtree.
He was ordered to pay costs of $432.70 on August 19. Buying and selling vehicles without a licence is in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.
Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said consumers should avoid doing business with backyard car dealers.
“Unlicensed dealers do not offer warranties for their vehicles which threatens the rights and protections of consumers and it may be difficult to get any redress if there are after-sale issues,” he said.
“Anyone who has information about unlicensed motor vehicle dealing in the community should contact Consumer Protection so these activities can be investigated and eventually stamped out.”
Consumers can check whether a car dealer is licensed by searching on www.commerce.wa.gov.au/cp /licencesearch. Report unlicensed dealers by emailing email@example.com. au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.