$50k fine for car dealer's unlawful trading

  • 14/09/2016
A car dealer (iStock)
A car dealer (iStock)

A judge has thrown the book at an Auckland man who continued to sell vehicles despite being banned as a trader.

Brett Collins, 63, was fined the maximum $50,000 after being found guilty of selling eight vehicles after his appeal was dismissed in the High Court, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment says.

It was his sixth fine for unlawful vehicle trading, it said.

"This latest fine reflects Mr Collins' repeated and intentional flouting of the law for commercial gain; a compelling factor for the fudge to impose the maximum penalty for individuals of $50,000," said the ministry's Stephen O'Brien.

The law required traders to meet certain conditions so as to protect purchasers' rights, he said.