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Honesty still the best policy as Fair Trading pursues disciplinary action against motor dealer

7 August 2017

The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning consumers to avoid dealing with a Manly West motor dealer, after he was charged with 81 counts of fraud over the sale of written-off caravans.

Anthony Michael Gliddon will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on 14 August 2017 to answer the fraud charges, brought following an investigation by the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

The QPS will allege Mr Gliddon purchased statutory write-off caravans in New South Wales, transported them to Queensland, and sold them to consumers without disclosing their previous history. Vehicles and caravans that are declared statutory write-offs can’t ever be re-registered for road use or insured in Australia.

The OFT will pursue disciplinary action against Mr Gliddon, with a view to having his motor dealer licence revoked.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said consumers had the right to expect motor dealers would not mislead them over the history of vehicles offered for sale.

“The value of a roadworthy caravan is significantly more than one used as an uninsured granny-flat or shed in the back yard,” Mr Bauer said.

“The profit Mr Gliddon is alleged to have derived from his deception is significant, with around 80 consumers left out of pocket by around $1.5 million collectively.

“While proceedings are ongoing, the OFT will continue to closely monitor Mr Gliddon to ensure any caravans sold in the future are disclosed as statutory write-offs, unable to be registered for road use.

“Consumers in possession of a caravan sold by Mr Gliddon have been contacted by QPS and Department of Transport and Main Roads inspectors, and made aware of their right to lodge a claim for financial compensation from the OFT’s claim fund.”

Further information on the motor industry and claim fund is available on the OFT website at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

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7 August 2017
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