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Gold Coast car dealer suspended for six months

14 October 2019

A Gold Coast motor dealer has had his motor dealer licence suspended for six months by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.

Pravis Amiri, who operates Gold Coast Automobiles, was investigated by OFT after failing to refund a consumer’s $440 deposit she paid towards the purchase of a second-hand vehicle.

Mr Amiri failed to provide the correct documentation, including a receipt and written contract, and failed to release the consumer from the contract and refund her when she attempted to exercise her rights under the legislated cooling off period.

Mr Amiri was found guilty of three breaches of the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014.

The tribunal accepted the OFT’s submission that Mr Amiri’s behaviour had brought the motor dealing profession in to disrepute. It described Mr Amiri’s conduct as unacceptable and noted that either he has a poor understanding and limited insight into his obligations under the legislation or he simply does not care about obeying the law.

In addition to the six month suspension, Mr Amiri was fined $1,000 and an order was issued that he must have refunded the consumer her outstanding deposit of $440 before he can be reissued a licence.

Fair Trading Acting Executive Director Craig Turner said this trader’s failure to supply the correct documents and poor treatment of a consumer was unacceptable.

“Mr Amiri needs to familiarise himself with the obligations required to be a motor dealer and stick to the regulations if he intends to work in the industry again.”

Consumers can make a complaint about a trader and find information on their consumer rights at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).