Mark Norton, who runs MN Car Sales Ltd in Exeter, was convicted in October for selling a car in a dangerous condition and given a suspended jail sentence.
But this week he was back in court due to stand trial accused of selling a Ford Focus with defective brakes. However he changed his plea to guilty at the last minute.
Norton avoided jail on Monday because he sold the Focus in February – before he was first prosecuted for the other offence.
Newspaper the Express & Echo published the story on its front page, pictured. Its report said that in the previous case an expert found serious faults in a Ka’s suspension, brakes and chassis sold by Norton.
The prosecution was brought by Devon Trading Standards.
Earlier this week we reported how a car dealer was sent to prison for nine months for selling un-roadworthy cars.
For more on this case, visit the Express & Echo’s website here.