A Thomastown man has been convicted, fined $12,500 and ordered to pay costs of $5,000, after he pleaded guilty to a charge of unlicensed motor car trading.
We took action against Taleb Youseff, 52, after our investigations revealed he had on-sold 21 cars he bought at an auction house between April 2016 and February 2017.
If a person deals in four or more cars per year in Victoria, they generally need a motor car trader’s licence issued by the Business Licensing Authority.
Mr Youseff must pay the fine into the Motor Car Traders Guarantee Fund.
For more information about the legal duties of motor car traders, see our Motor car traders section.
Consumers buying a car through a trader should check that the trader is licensed. This will give consumers more legal protections than buying from an unlicensed trader or a private seller.