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Unlicensed Gumtree motor dealer fined $1,500

8 July 2019

A Robina man has been fined $1,500 for unlicensed motor dealing in the Southport Magistrates Court today (8 July 2019) following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Rick Noel Attard pleaded guilty to one count of acting as an unlicensed motor dealer. No conviction was recorded.

The court heard that in February and March 2019, Mr Attard carried out the business of a motor dealer by placing advertisements on Gumtree.com.au to sell nine used vehicles.

He also placed an advertisement on Gumtree offering to buy cars from consumers for cash.

In sentencing, Magistrate Andrew Sinclair took into consideration Mr Attard’s early guilty plea and the fact he had since obtained a motor dealer licence.

Fair Trading Acting Executive Director Craig Turner said motor dealers were required to be licensed to help ensure consumers were not ripped off by unsuitable individuals.

“Consumers buying used cars have a right to know that the person they are handing large sums of money to is complying with the law,” Mr Turner said.

“Licensed motor dealers have been checked for relevant criminal, bankruptcy and licensing history, and it is essential that only professionals who are following their obligations are dealing with consumers.

“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 requirements for motor dealers is available from www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).