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Springwood dealer dealt $3,000 fine

8 November 2019

A Springwood man has been fined $3,000 by the Beenleigh Magistrates Court today (8 November 2019) for acting as a motor dealer without a licence following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.

Nabil Hijazi pleaded guilty in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court to three breaches of the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014. No conviction was recorded.

The breaches included trading as a motor dealer while unlicensed, failing to notify the Chief Executive of a change of the principal place of business and failing to keep a transactions register.

The court heard Mr Hijazi, who traded as All About Commercial Pty Ltd, had purchased 14 vehicles from an auctioneer and then on sold at least five of them before he obtained a motor dealer licence.

In sentencing, Magistrate Brian Kilmartin took into consideration the defendant’s early guilty pleas for the charges and that Mr Hijazi had moved to obtain a licence relatively quickly.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said unlicensed motor dealing compromised the public’s trust in the motor dealing industry.

“To become licensed, dealers must pass stringent probity checks as it is essential that only professionals who are following their obligations are dealing with consumers,” Mr Bauer said.

“Consumers can check whether a motor dealer is appropriately licensed by performing a quick, free online search on the OFT website.”

More information on the legal obligations for motor vehicle dealers is available on the OFT website or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).