A Gold Coast woman has been handed a large fine after she was convicted of illegally buying and selling cars.
Emilia Lloyd was charged by the Office of Fair Trading for unlicensed motor dealing after they received a report from another motor dealer claiming she was bidding for cars at a dealers only auction while unlicensed.
A search confirmed that Ms Lloyd had not held a motor dealer licence or registration certificate since 2009.
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The court heard that Ms Lloyd had acquired seven used motor vehicles between July 2018 and November 2018 and registered them in her name and then sold each vehicle separately on Gumtree.
Ms Lloyd was also accused of failing to cooperate with the OFT throughout the investigation and refused to attend a record of interview.
She was found guilty of one count of carrying on the business of a motor dealer while unlicensed under the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014. A conviction was recorded.
In sentencing in the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday, Magistrate White considered Ms Lloyd’s lack of cooperation throughout the investigation and noted her continued non-compliance with motor dealing laws.
She was handed a $6,000 fine.
Fair Trading Acting Executive Director Craig Turner said unlicensed motor dealing weakened the public’s trust in the industry, disadvantaged legitimate licensed motor dealers, and deprived consumers of avenues to obtain redress should something go wrong with the vehicle.
“The defendant’s conduct was an attempt to avoid providing consumer protections such as statutory warranties and cooling-off periods,” Mr Turner said.
“The OFT will continue to stamp out this type of conduct.”
A free search tool can be found on the OFT website to check if a motor dealer is licensed.