A Ratoath car dealer has been convicted of misleading a buyer over the history of a Mini car.

Anthony Behan of Somerville, Ratoath, entered a plea of guilty to the charge at Dublin District Court.The prosecution was the result of an extensive investigation by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).

The case related to the sale of a 2008 Mini One on September 25th.

The car had been advertised for sale on DoneDeal.ie, and the buyer made the purchase after being told it had not been involved in a crash but the following year, the car developed faults and it emerged it HAD been involved in a crash previously and it was taken off the road.

The consumer attempted to contact the defendant about the crashed car and received no satisfaction.

The CCPC alleged that Anthony Behan had engaged in a misleading commercial practice by asserting that the car had not been previously crashed when he sold it to the consumer.

The presiding judge said that the defendant “should have had the car examined by a mechanic and could have done a little bit more” to assist the consumer. A €500 fine was imposed.

A spokesperson for  the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission said, “Misleading a consumer is a very serious offence and traders who fail to provide complete and accurate information are liable to a criminal prosecution by the CCPC. When buying a car, consumers should be able to rely on accurate information from car dealers on a car’s roadworthiness and crash history. The CCPC is and will continue to be very active in this sector. We encourage any consumer who believes that they have been misled by a motor trader, or indeed any trader, to contact us.”