William Galloway, of Woodgreen, had also admitted not having a number plate affixed to the front of the car. Defects came to light on June 23 this year in Antrim town.
Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, heard police saw the Jetta had no number plate and the vehicle was "very low to the ground".
There were no brake pads to the rear near side; a rear brake caliper was leaking fluid; the windscreen was "obscured by a sticker"; there was no rear silencer on the exhaust; suspension springs on the back of the car were loose and a battery was insecure.
A defence solicitor said the number plate had fallen off but was on display on the dashboard. The defendant had a previously clear record.