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Office of Fair Trading - New On-line Services

 

September 2015

 

The Queensland Government has made a commitment to delivering cost effective, simpler and easier access to government information and service.   To help reach this goal, a number of the Office of Fair Trading’s services are now available online, giving you a quick and easy alternative to complete OFT transactions.  Motor dealer salespeople can now:

  • renew or restore their salesperson certificate

  • request a certificate extract

  • replace a certificate.

Office of Fair Trading - Warning on re-sale of Volkswagon Group vehicles

 

November 2015

 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is investigating the Volkswagen Group for the possible use of emissions ‘defeat devices’ in Australia.

These devices, which were installed in some Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda diesel vehicles, can make a vehicle perform differently in testing than in normal operation.

Motor dealers and suppliers who wish to sell an affected vehicle will need to disclose to prospective buyers the vehicle contains a defeat device and will be subject to the recall.

As further information about the impact of any necessary repairs to affected vehicles becomes available—for example, a change in the fuel economy of the vehicle—this also must be disclosed to prospective buyers.

Substantial penalties may apply to motor dealers who fail to disclose this information to prospective buyers.

To find out if you have an affected vehicle on your books, simply check the vehicle’s VIN on the manufacturer’s website:

  • Volkswagen

  • Audi

  • Skoda

Office of Fair Trading Fee Increase from 1 July 2015

 

July 2015

 

Fees for a 1 Year and 3 Year application/renewal of a Motor Dealer licence and a Motor Salesperson Registration Certificate with the Office of Fair Trading have increased.  For details of new fees -

Class B Statutory Warranty No Longer Exists

 

March 2015

 

The ‘Class B’ type of statutory warranty that existed under the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 has been removed under the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014.

 

Under the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act the statutory warranty only applies to vehicles when the odometer reading is less than 160,000km and the date of manufacture is less than 10 years before the sale date.

This helps reduce the doubling-up of rules between statutory warranties and the consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law.

 

However, there are a number of vehicles that don’t have a statutory warranty. They include:

 

  • vehicles that are out of the warranty period

  • motorcycles

  • caravans

  • commercial vehicles

  • vehicles being sold on consignment for a private seller

  • vehicles that can’t be registered because of their design

  • vehicles that are on the ‘written-off’ register.

 

Consumer guarantees for these types of vehicle do still apply. These guarantees give consumers similar protections that existed under the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act.

 

For more information on statutory warranties visit the OFT website. - "Guarantees and Warranties for Second Hand Vehicles".

New Forms and Contracts required from 1 December 2014

 

December 2014

 

 Key changes under the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014, include:

  • There are now two transaction forms (forms 10 and 12) replacing the 13 in use under PAMDA:

    • Form 10 replaces PAMDA Form 35

    • Form 12 combines PAMDA Forms 37a, 38-1, 38-2, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 60, 61, 62 and 63

    • You no longer need to provide an approved form for unwarranted vehicles.

 

 

The forms table provides an overview of the existing PAMDA forms against the forms under the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor Dealers will also be required to use contracts that comply with the new legislation (any contracts citing PAMDA may not be enforceable).  Please contact the MTAQ for new contract and receipt pads.  For more information refer to the Office of Fair Trading website.

Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act (MDCA) in effect on 1 December 2014

 

December 2014

 

The new legislation comes into effect repealing the PAMDA

 

Key changes for motor dealers and chattel auctioneers under the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014 include:

  • changes to licensing types

  • streamlining contracts and statements

  • single warranty class

  • a reduction in the number of forms

 

Motor Dealers will be required to use the new forms and contracts from 1st December 2014.

 

For more information refer to the Office of Fair Trading website.

PAMDA Reforms Due on 1 December 2014

 

November 2014

 

The Queensland Government has announced the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMDA) will be repealed from 1 December 2014. It will be replaced by the:

  • Property Occupations Act 2014 

  • Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014 

  • Debt Collectors (Field Agent and Collection Agents) Act 2014

  • Agents Financial Administration Act 2014 

The new Acts will simplify the rules for the property, motor dealing, auctioneering and debt collection industries in Queensland.

Key changes for motor dealers under the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014 include:

  • changes to licensing types

  • streamlining contracts and statements

  • single warranty class

  • a reduction in the number of forms

For more information refer to the Office of Fair Trading website.

PAMDA Split - Information Sessions

 

July 2014

 

The act governing the operation of Motor Dealers in Queensland is about to change.  Effectively the current legislation is being split and later in 2014, industry-specific laws will replace the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMDA).  The new law specific to the motor industry will be - Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014

 

To help you get ready for the introduction of the new acts, the Office of Fair Trading will be conducting a series of free information sessions informing business and industry on the key changes to business activities, licence categories, forms and compliance.


Details of session dates (being held in August and September), locations and registration requirements are on the Office of Fair Trading website link - PAMDA Split Information Sessions.

Numbers are limited so RSVP as soon as possible to secure your attendance.

 

 

Office of Fair Trading Fee Increase from 1 July 2014

 

July 2014

 

Fees for a 1 Year and 3 Year application/renewal of a Motor Dealer licence and a Motor Salesperson Registration Certificate with the Office of Fair Trading have increased.  For details of new fees -

A New Website for the Office of Fair Trading

 

June 2014

 

The Office of Fair Trading has a re-vamped website. As part of the Queensland Government web upgrade, the OFT updated site was launched on 4 June 2014.  It's now much easier to read, navigate and understand.

Check it out at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au
 

Changes to the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act in Queensland 
May 2014

 

The Queensland Government has announced proposed changes to the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMD Act) to split the Act into four industry specific pieces of legislation. These changes will reduce red tape and lower the legislative burden on businesses. There will be significant implications for those licensed under the PAMD Act. The reforms include changes to licence types, forms and legal requirements. The draft legislation to enable this ‘split’ has been introduced to Parliament and the OFT will be conducting information sessions regarding the changes later in the year. Sessions are planned for the South East, Central, North and Far North Queensland regions. Information session dates, locations and registration processes will be promoted on the OFT website as soon as they are finalised. For the latest information about all fair trading matters, including these information sessions, you should monitor the OFT website.

Office of Fair Trading weeds out unlicensed motor dealers in Operation Round-up

April 2014

 

Unlicensed motor dealers are squarely in the sights of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) during 'Operation Round-up'. Responding to concerns voiced by the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ) and other industry stakeholders, the OFT is undertaking the operation to identify and take action against unlicensed motor dealers.  "OFT is targeting auction houses to gather intelligence, disrupt the buying habits of unlicensed dealers and identify targets for further investigation. OFT inspectors will also be examining odometer tampering as part of their operation."Unlicensed dealers are on notice - significant penalties apply to unlicensed dealing."

ATO Tracks Vehicles Sales via EBay in Huge Crackdown
​AUTOTALK October 16, 2013

Details from eBay vehicle sales are being used as part of a catalogue of data to crack down on welfare cheats it has been reported. The Human Services Department last month ordered eBay to provide the details of significant sellers, with those with sales over $20,000 a year the target of the latest crackdown.                                                         

Dealership Drive - a new app for Smartphones
Octoober, 2013

Dealer Drive, powered by LFormation, is the ultimate mobile app for automotive dealerships. Available for iPhone, Dealer Drive is an efficient, reliable and easy-to-use business tool, enabling dealerships to streamline the process for conducting customer test drives and loaning vehicles.

 

Dealer Drive is the result of two year's intensive research and development by automotive industry executives, Michael Webb and Paul Willson. Collectively, Webb and Willson have over 30 years’ experience in the industry and are the men behind this innovative app.  Webb is a former Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific regional sales manager and more recently held a senior position with an MBAuP-owned dealership in Melbourne. Paul Willson has extensive business experience and is one the founders of EPH Group of companies.