A GOLD COAST car dealer has been taken to court after continuing to try to sell cars while his dealer’s license was suspended.
The Office of Fair Trading took the man to court after finding he was trying to sell up to 25 cars online, despite having his license suspended three months earlier.
The man’s license was initially suspended in October 2019 by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal after he failed to release a consumer from a contract and refund her when she attempted to exercise her cooling-off rights.
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In January 2020, he was fined $1,000 for making misleading claims to a consumer about a vehicle’s warranty and for accepting a deposit from another consumer but failing to complete the contract or refund the deposit.
It was just days later the OFT realised he was still trying to sell cars on a popular online trading platform.
Earlier this week the man was fined $8,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court for unlicensed motor dealing.
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman welcomed the OFT’s action.
“Consumers have rights when they purchase vehicles from motor dealers, and if need be, the OFT will help ensure those rights are upheld,” Ms Fentiman said.
“If you are in the market for a vehicle, make sure you are buying it from a reputable, licensed dealer. Consumers can do a quick, free license check on the OFT website to see if a dealer is licensed.”
Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer reminded traders not doing the right thing that OFT investigators would find them.
“Mr Amiri is no longer licensed as a motor dealer in Queensland and the OFT has recorded his lack of suitability for licensing into the future,” Mr Bauer said.