Be­ware rogue deal­ers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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 con­sumer@com­merce.wa.gov. au or by call­ing 1300 30 40 54.

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