Zehar Saoud - Court outcome

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27 July 2021
Court actions

A trader has been convicted and fined $12,650 for selling cars while unlicensed.

Zehar Saoud, 33, of Truganina, was convicted of trading without a licence.

We took action against Mr Saoud after receiving a complaint in 2017 about vehicles being purchased from auction houses.

Between 15 June 2017 and 15 March 2018, Mr Saoud sold 23 motor cars without holding a motor car trader's licence.

The matter was heard on 19 July at the Werribee Magistrates' Court.

We took this action because consumers buying a car from an unlicensed trader are not covered by the same legal protections as when buying from a licensed motor car trader and may not even be aware they aren't dealing with a private seller.

If you're considering buying a car, read about the professional conduct obligations of motor car traders and check a trader's licence status before engaging them, by viewing the motor car traders public register.