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Unfair dealers

Saturday, February 22, 2014

SOME vehicle dealers may have their operating licences stripped by the LTA for alleged unscrupulous practices.

The LTA confirmed the identified vehicle dealers had been called to appear before the board to prove their business dealings were above reproach.

LTA chief executive Naisa Tuinaceva said they received complaints from the public, the Consumer Council of Fiji and the Fiji Commerce Commission on alleged unscrupulous dealing by car dealers.

Mr Tuinaceva said they received a complaint that some vehicle dealers were tampering with the odometer of second-hand cars imported from Japan.

He said tampering had been done to show a low mileage which beefed up the price of the vehicle.

"We have carried out our own investigation and discovered that some of these vehicles have been running for 10 years on the road in Japan but are recording low mileages.

"This is unbelievable and suggests that mileage has been tampered with."

Mr Tuinaceva said the LTA would not tolerate such "unscrupulous and unethical practices" and would impose strict measures to deter such offending.

Another allegation received by the LTA was how these second-hand cars were stripped off new parts they arrived with and fitted with used parts.

The report was made to LTA after a car owner experienced problems with the engine a few months after buying the car.

"It is unacceptable that soon after purchasing a new car, the owner has to take it back for repairs," Mr Tuinaceva said.

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