Engine Galore Pty Ltd and Jean Georges Chbib - Court action

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8 September 2011
Court actions

Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has restrained the director of wholesale motor car trader Engine Galore Pty Ltd from buying, selling or exchanging vehicles with the public until licensed to do so.

The Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria alleges Jean Georges Chbib, 47, of Craigieburn, failed to comply with conditions of the company’s wholesalers’ licence when it offered 21 cars for sale to the public on carsales.com.au between October 2009 and February 2011.

The company has a conditional motor car trader ‘wholesalers’ licence, which limits the trader to only buying, selling or exchanging cars with other licensed motor car traders, second-hand dealers or metal recyclers. 

The court ordered that the company not:

  • advertise cars for sale online, or in any other advertising medium
  • sell, transfer or dispose of cars to anyone other than a licensed motor car trader, registered second-hand dealer or metal recycler.
  • The court also restrained Mr Chbib from advertising cars for sale and accepting payment or commission for doing so.

The court struck out proceedings against Engine Galore’s former director Li Mei Tan, as she has no ongoing involvement with the company or Mr Chbib. 

Mr Chbib and the company were ordered to pay court costs of $1000.