• John Mills

Dodgy Motor Dealer Caught Out

Source: Office of Fair Trading - July 2017

Several rogue Queensland car dealers have felt the full force of the law

Former Brisbane motor dealer, Glen David Mayer, was fined $4,876 and permanently disqualified from the motor industry by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 16 June 2017.

Mr Mayer was found to have breached his obligations as a motor dealer on 83 separate occasions relating to 24 motor vehicle sales. The breaches included selling vehicles without clear title and making false or misleading representations relating to the vehicles he sold—including the make and model of the vehicles. He also failed to provide consumers with notices about cooling-off periods and statutory warranties.

The tribunal took into account threats Mr Mayer made to consumers who had lodged complaints and his failure to co-operate with the OFT.

Somerset man, Paul Andrew Poole was fined $3,000 by the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 20 June for falsely representing a vehicle’s mileage.

The court heard Mr Poole, who has never held a motor dealer licence, bought a vehicle with an odometer reading of 478,944km. Just over a month later he sold the same vehicle via auction with an odometer reading of 283,582km.

Unlicensed motor dealer

Surfers Paradise man, Michael Alba, was fined $8,000 by the Southport Magistrates Court on 12 June for selling motor vehicles without a licence.

Mr Abla sold four vehicles while unlicensed, alternating between multiple phone numbers and email accounts in his dealings with consumers.