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Quinn v CC Automotive Group [2010]

Facts

  • The claimant was, in his view sold a car a salesman of CC Automotive Group (also known as Carcraft)
  • The salesman was a fraudster, who left Quinn with debt on his new and old cars
  • The fraudster could not be found

Issue

  • Were Carcraft liable for the fraudster’s acts?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Although both parties to be dispute were ‘innocent’, a principal should be bound by the mistakes of his agent, not a third party to whom the agent is a stranger
  • The salesman had apparent authority, and the claimant suffered to his detriment following reliance on the representation that the salesman had the authority to sell a car to him, allowing recompense
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