Backyard car dealer fined $6,500 (Mashari Abdulh Al Shamari)

A backyard car dealer has been fined $6,500 and ordered to pay costs of $1,500 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for buying and selling vehicles without a licence.

Mashari Abdulh Al Shamari of Mirrabooka pleaded guilty on 4 December 2013 to charges of buying and selling vehicles between January 2011 and August 2012 without a licence, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. During this period, Mr Al Shamari placed numerous advertisements in the Quokka newspaper offering the vehicles for sale.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll warned WA consumers of the dangers of dealing with backyard operators when buying a car.

“These illegal dealers operate outside the licensing system which provides protections for consumers by ensuring that only fit and proper people are employed in the motor vehicle industry,” Ms Driscoll said.

“Backyard dealers usually don’t offer warranties, unlike licensed dealers, so consumers are jeopardising their right of a remedy should something go wrong with the vehicle soon after purchase.

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

Consumers can check whether a car dealer is licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerprotection. Unlicensed car dealers can be reported by emailing consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.

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Media Contact:
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Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Dec 2013

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