A Gold Coast car dealer has been busted for tampering with the odometer of a car that he sold.
The Office of Fair Trading took Christos Spiro Tsalapataris to court where he was ordered to pay $5,000 for the offence.
Southport court heard that Mr Tsalapataris, who traded as GC Car Wholesale, purchased a 2011 Mitsubishi Triton from a Southport motor dealer in June last year for $6,100.
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It had an odometer reading of 369,662kms.
However, later that day, the same vehicle was listed on Facebook Marketplace at $12,490 and offered six months of registration for an additional $450.
The advertisement stated the odometer reading for the vehicle was only 169,000kms.
Mr Tsalapataris then sold the vehicle to a consumer for $11,350 with the odometer showing 168,232kms, more than 200,000kms fewer than the original reading.
This is the second time Mr Tsalapataris fronted court over odometer tampering. Back in 2015, he was fined $3,900 for a similar instance.
The Officer of Fair Trading is now looking into Mr Tsalapataris’s suitability to continue to hold a motor dealer licence.
Commissioner for Fair Trading Victoria Thomson said the OFT wouldn’t hesitate to go after motor dealers who falsify odometer readings.
“Vehicles sold with tampered odometer readings are of high risk and can cause fatalities,” said Ms Thomson.
“Odometer readings contribute to a vehicle’s safety as well as its value, that’s why tampering with an odometer is against the law.
“Risking people’s safety on more than one occasion in this way is simply not acceptable.”
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