Two odometer tamperers have been convicted in Parramatta Local Court this week after winding back a total of 664,474 kilometres on seven separate cars.
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said this was the ninth odometer tamperer conviction this financial year for the agency
“We are sending a strong message to these crooks that if you do the wrong thing and mislead consumers you will get caught and you will be prosecuted,” Mr Stowe said.
Mustapha Abdul Karim Ajouz of Guildford was convicted on Thursday 7 April 2016 of five charges under the Motor Dealers Act and one charge under the Crimes Act.
Mr Ajouz was placed on a two year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $14,000 in compensation after winding back the odometer of four cars, by a total of 323,432 kilometres. .
Mr Ajouz was also ordered to pay $6,710 in fines and court costs. .
Alexander James Chiswell of Wahroonga was convicted on Tuesday 5 April 2016 of four charges under the Motor Dealers Act.
Mr Chiswell was ordered to pay $6,902 in fines and court costs for unlicensed motor dealing, involving selling seven vehicles in a 12 month period without a Motor Dealers licence, as well odometer tampering.
Mr Stowe said NSW Fair Trading will continue to crack down on those sellers who try to deceive consumers.
“Unlawful odometer tampering is an unscrupulous act that cheats consumers and people who choose to carry it out deserve to be subjected to the law.”
For information about buying a second hand car visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.