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Car dealers front LTA

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, February 24, 2014

A GROUP of second-hand car dealers have appeared before the LTA board for alleged unscrupulous deal with customers.

And if they're found to have breached road rules, they may lose their operating licence or have it suspended.

LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva confirmed they were awaiting the board's decision.

He said the car dealers were called after the LTA received complaints from customers, the Consumer Council of Fiji and the Fiji Commerce Commission.

Mr Tuinaceva said it was alleged some car dealers replaced new car parts with old parts before they're sold.

He alleged some dealers have tampered with the mileage by reducing it so the they could increase the car price.

"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, which frankly is unbelievable and suggests that the mileage has been tampered with," Mr Tuinaceva said.

"The LTA will not tolerate such unscrupulous and unethical practices and will impose strict measures to deter such offending."

Another allegation is that these second-hand cars are stripped off the parts they arrive in and fitted with used parts.

"Just months after purchasing the car, the owner starts experiencing vehicle-related problems and has to start footing repair costs," Mr Tuinaceva said.

"It is unacceptable that soon after purchasing a new car, the owner has to take it back for repairs. So for some, instead of an enjoyable experience of owning a new vehicle, it becomes a nightmare of repairs."

Mr Tuinaceva said some car dealers had allegedly carried out such illegal deals so they could continue to make money.