Dodgy Perth car dealer fined

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AN unlicensed Innaloo car dealer has copped a $5000 fine.

Consumer Protection brought court action against 32-year-old Rainer Puhmas after finding he bought 17 cars and sold 16 of them between March 2017 and December 2018 without a licence.

The sales breached the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973.

Mr Puhmas was fined $5000 and ordered to pay $525 in court costs.

Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard said unlicensed motor vehicle dealers posed a danger to the community.

“If you buy a car from someone who isn’t a licensed dealer, the motor vehicle may be sub-standard, which can put you at risk on the roads,” he said.

“The other issue with unlicensed motor vehicle dealers is that they often deny consumers the right to a remedy if there is a problem with the purchase because they’re operating outside the law and don’t comply with warranty obligations.

“Unlicensed car dealing creates an uneven playing field in the marketplace and undermines the integrity of the motor vehicle industry in WA.”

Mr Hillyard said people could “vote with their feet” and help Consumer Protection stamp out backyard car dealing by refusing to use unlicensed dealers.

Check if a car dealer is licensed at www.consumerprotection.wa.gov.au or dob in unlicensed dealers via email on consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au or call 1300 30 40 54.