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.