Take care buying a car

Hussein Al Hussein was found guilty this month of buying and selling vehicles without a license required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act between February, 2012, and August, 2013.

The Marangaroo resident was fined $15,000 in the Joondalup Magistrates Court and ordered to pay costs of $1202.

Like many car dealers, Al Hussein advertised vehicles online on Gumtree.

Magistrate Brian Gluestein said Al Hussein’s offences were serious and hoped the fine would act as a deterrent.

Consumer Protection commissioner Anne Driscoll said the licensing system ensured only fit and proper people were involved in the motor industry and complied with consumer protection laws.

‘Consumers who buy from unlicensed backyard dealers are generally unaware they are dealing with someone who should be licensed,’ Ms Driscoll said.

‘By contracting with unlicensed dealers, consumers do not have the protection of a warranty on the vehicle and therefore have little or no hope of getting the car fixed if things go wrong soon after purchase.

‘Illegal operators undermine industry standards and their activities should be reported immediately to Consumer Protection so that action can be taken.’