Public Warning: Do Not Deal with Gasoline Motor Co

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers not to deal with Gasoline Machine Pty Ltd or Sole Director Mathew HALE and Gasoline Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd or sole Director Jason LEPPA.

Both are trading as Gasoline Motor Co, following identification of possible trust account anomalies involving vehicles placed on consignment.

Gasoline Machine Pty Ltd (motor dealer licence number MD040884) and Gasoline Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd (motor dealer licence number MD020547 and motor vehicle repairer licence number MVRL43917) are located at 88 Bourke Road, Alexandria, NSW, and deal in prestige motor vehicles and new and used motorcycles and scooters.

Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said both Gasoline Machine Pty Ltd and Gasoline Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd have been suspended from trading pending a response by the licensees to a Notice to Show Cause on the licences and a determination by NSW Fair Trading.

“I am issuing this warning as we are concerned that these businesses may be continuing to trade,” Mr Stowe said.

At least $600,000 consumer detriment has been identified by Fair Trading with 17 complaints and enquiries against Gasoline Machine about non-payment in consignment deals.

A further 47 complaints against Gasoline Australia involving the quality of repairs of used motorcycles and scooters and the quality of new motorcycles and scooters have also been received by Fair Trading.

On 3 June 2016, Hall Chadwick Chartered Accountants were appointed receivers of Gasoline Machine Pty Ltd.

Consumers who have incurred a detriment by Gasoline Machine Pty Ltd or need to collect their consigned vehicle should contact Nicholas Charlwood on (02) 9263 2600 or email ncharlwood@hallchadwick.com.au to register an interest.

“Investigations are continuing into the activities of both Gasoline Machine Pty Ltd and Gasoline Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd, following identification of alleged trust account anomalies,” Mr Stowe said.

“If consumers have consigned a vehicle with Gasoline Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd and the vehicle has not yet been sold, they should contact the following licensee to arrange immediate collection.”

Gasoline Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd: 1300 427 654, (02) 9698 4433 or 0402 441 356.

Mr Stowe said repair work cannot be lawfully conducted by Gasoline Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd and consumers who have motorcycles or scooters in for repair, service or builds should immediately collect their vehicle and any parts paid for by contacting the above numbers.

If a consumer has purchased and signed a prescribed Form 5 notice and paid in full for the purchase of a vehicle prior to 9.25 am on 24 May 2016, the business can be contacted on telephone numbers 1300 427 654 or (02) 9698 4433 to arrange collection of the vehicle.

If purchasers, consignors or customers of vehicles to either of the corporations have any other questions or concerns they can contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20.