Skip to comments.Man wins new Challenger on eBay, but the dealer backs out
Posted on 03/18/2010 6:32:27 AM PDT by KKing
A gentleman who goes by the screen name "Hitman" placed the winning bid on a 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Hitman won the eBay auction fair and square with a bid of $29,100 on a vehicle that is sticker priced at around $46,000.
The dealership, Glenn E Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Signal Hill, California claims that their employee made a mistake when listing the vehicle and forgot to set a reserve price.
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I think this could end up bad for the dealership
Sue the bastards!
The dealership will lose far more in customer sales if it doesn’t settle this properly. The man won the car fair and square - let him have it, swallow the loss and learn your lesson.
If it finds a judge like the ones in our 9th circuit, this will favor the defendant.....who was a victim of ‘unjustified enrichment.’
Blow by blow on the Challengertalk link at the bottom of the article.
I’m siding with Hitman... dealer should pony up the car.
They could have stopped the auction siting a mistake and relisted. Instead they let it end. Too bad.
If this dealer can’t keep its word on a sale like this, how can any customer trust them to keep their word on warranties, etc?
You put a car up for auction on ebay, it’s up there for at least a week or so, and you don’t notice that you ‘forgot’ to set a reserve? ...and you’re a car dealer in the business of selling cars where you live and die by your margins? ...nah, doesn’t pass the smell test, not even from a thousand miles upwind. My BS-O-METER just redlined real hard on this one.
Too late for the dealership. The jig is already up since the story made it this far. This could have been (and could still be) an awesome opportunity for the dealership to make some real money by using this for marketing purposes. It sounds like the owner is a real dumbass.
Just tell obummer to pick up the rest of the tab. Everyone has a right to a car!
“The dealership, Glenn E Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Signal Hill, California claims that their employee made a mistake when listing the vehicle and forgot to set a reserve price.”
No problem, though. They could just “deem” it not to have been bought.
A unilateral mistake doesn’t void a contract.
“Pony” up is right. Hitman should tell them to keep the Challenger and demand a FORD MUSTANG. Why would anyone want a Chryslerbama?
That's what I don't understand... why didn't they just end it and fix the mistake?
Forgetting to add a reserve could be a mistake, not fixing the mistake is incompetent. They should honor the contract.
He is most likely the employee that didn't set up the sale on ebay correctly. HA!
As for this car, so what if they forgot to mention the car had a reserve, it is not the bidders fault. He won the bid fair and square.
If this dealer cant keep its word on a sale like this, how can any customer trust them to keep their word on warranties, etc?
It really shoud not be a problem. You can trust them, they say so in their ads.
EBAY needs to support the winner of this auction(HITMAN).
This is the essence of EBAY. Too bad for the dealership. Fire the employee who made the mistake. This is no different than an absolute real estate auction where the bank representative does not show up.
FYI, there was an Absolute auction in Lowell, MA for the WANG Towers back in 1992. The bank rep. did not show up for the auction. The three buildings sold for about $600k.
The buldings cost $7 million to build , were valued at over $5 million and the mortgage was $3 million. Needless to say the bank rep. was fired.