Car re-sellers put on notice – assurances

Four South Australians have been put on notice after allegedly selling cars without a second hand vehicle dealer’s licence.

An investigation by Consumer and Business Services revealed that:

  • Peter William Somers of Cooltong was believed to have bought, sold or offered for sale nine cars for between $750 and $5,000 between August 2016 and August 2017
  • Wayne Scott Harvey of Craigmore was alleged to have bought or sold 12 cars through monetary payment or by way of vehicle exchange within an 11-month period
  • James Arthur Gordon of Waterloo Corner allegedly bought, sold or offered for sale 16 vehicles between July 2016 and July 2017
  • Melissa Ann Brooksby of Waterloo Corner was believed to have bought and/or sold five vehicles between July 2016 and July 2017 for between $400 and $6500.

All were potential breaches of the Second Hand Vehicle Dealers Act 1995.

Under the Act, a person cannot carry on a business as a second-hand vehicle dealer without the appropriate licence.

Following discussions with Consumer and Business Services, Mr Somers, Mr Harvey, Mr Gordon and Ms Brooksby have all entered into written assurances with CBS – agreeing they will no longer carry on business as a second hand car dealer without the appropriate licence.

Written assurances and undertakings are formal undertakings that may be used in certain circumstances, in place of enforcement actions such as prosecution or disciplinary action.

If an individual or a business fails to comply with the conditions of the Assurance, they may be prosecuted.

Find out more about licence requirements for used car dealers.

Peter William Somers signed assurance (PDF 105KB)

Wayne Scott Harvey signed assurance (PDF 95KB)

James Arthur Gordon signed assurance (PDF 95KB)

Melissa Ann Brooksby signed assurance (PDF 104KB)