A DODGY Gold Coast motor dealer has been fined and banned from selling cars for the next decade after he was caught winding back the odometers on old vehicles before selling them at ridiculous prices.
Ivan Kaplun faced was investigated by the Office of Fair Trading for making false and misleading representations about car mileage.
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard that Mr Kaplun had bought three cars at auction and wound back the odometers by a total of 327,574km before on-selling them to unsuspecting customers.
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Mr Kaplun also failed to advise potential buyers that he was a licensed motor dealer and did not provide a statutory warranty or written contract of sale.
The Tribunal heard Mr Kaplun was obstructive throughout the investigation, claiming to have lost documentation and refusing to admit responsibility for his illegal actions.
As a result, Mr Kaplun, who has been a licensed motor dealer since 2010, was on Tuesday ordered to pay $3,657 and was disqualified from being a motor dealer for 10 years.
In sentencing, the tribunal considered Mr Kaplun’s clear intent to make a profit at the expense of the affected consumers, and his disregard for their safety in driving vehicles significantly older than they were led to believe.
Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer was pleased with the tribunal’s decision and said motor dealers who misrepresent car mileage had no place in the industry.
“Purchasing a vehicle with a tampered odometer is a major safety concern, as the further a vehicle travels, the more prone it is to safety defects,” Mr Bauer said.
“Unexpected maintenance issues could arise, and consumers may find themselves out of pocket a lot more than they anticipated.
“Consumers should complete the appropriate checks before purchasing a vehicle, like doing a Personal Properties Securities Register (PPSR) search and checking the results against those provided by the seller.”
Licensed motor dealers and consumers are encouraged to report unlawful practices in the motor industry by making a complaint at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).