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The Holidays are here and we have a few ideas for what to get the gear-head or car-nut on your list. With a bit of help from the folks at eBay Motors, we’ve managed to find something for just about every budget, and for anyone, from the enthusiast to the everyman.
Losing an owner’s manual isn’t a big deal anymore. All the information you need is available online, either from the manufacturer or other people who dealt with the same problem, which is why paying $8,200 for such a thing might seem absurd.
In the market for a new car and have cash ready to go? You might want to check out a joint promotion between eBay Motors and AutoNation, the largest group of U.S. car dealerships.
From now until March 30th, AutoNation is celebrating the launch of AutoNation Direct by selling vehicles from Ford, General Motors, and Nissan for half off. That’s right, 50-percent off. We took a look over one of the auctions to see what the catch is, and there really isn’t one. There’s no financing involved, so it’s a cash deal only, and upon winning the auction you have to pony up $500 via PayPal. A full payment of the vehicle must be made within three days of the deposit.
Four vehicles appear randomly every day, so you have to keep your eyes out on their auction page. Most of them have been sold within minutes, including a Chevy Volt for $22,615. AutoNation will apparently finish off the promotion with a 2012 Corvette at half off.
Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk is auctioning off some of his personal goodies to benefit at-risk youth by providing them with free skateparks. Among the available items is his DUB Edition custom 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T.
The Dodge Challenger features 22-inch custom TIS wheels paired with Pirelli rubber. The Tony Hawk logo has been embroidered onto each of the headrests that also have 7-inch Savv monitors in the back. A Savv DVD player provides the entertainment while a Rockford Fosgate 200-watt amplifier provides plenty of power to a 10-inch subwoofer. DUB plates, inserts and chrome badges can be seen throughout the vehicle as well.
While the price seems a bit high, the custom package is supposedly valued at more than $15,000. We’re guessing those 22-inch TIS wheels and Pirelli tires make up the majority of that figure.
The auction will start on March 11 at 7 p.m. PST at www.thfauction.org.
[Source: DUB Magazine]
Formula 1 is the epitome of motorsport glamor and fortune and the pinnacle of automotive engineering, technology and innovation. However, if an F1 car doesn’t have what it takes to win, then apparently it isn’t worth anything at all. Yet amid the unforgiving reality of competition, Kevin Anthony, a 47-year-old resident of Brighton, England realized that a team’s loss could be his gain.
From bits and pieces of obsolete Formula 1 components found on eBay, Anthony is building his very own race car. So far, he has purchased a damaged tub for about $5,000 produced by team BAR for the 2001 season. With a basic structure, Anthony then bought an engine cover from BMW Williams, a nose from Force India, Lucky Strike racing livery and whatever else he could muster to create his Frankencar. To date, he has spent approximately $10,000 on his project.
He enjoyed purchasing memorabilia like spark plugs from grand prix cars before staring his current project, but realized after a while that “in buying parts, I have met quite a few people who raced Formula 1 cars and were selling their old ‘rubbish’ off. That made my realize that if I bought the right ‘rubbish’, I too could have what they had and fulfill a dream that until then was out of reach, namely having my own Formula 1 car.”
Currently, Anthony believes the project is near 65 percent complete and expects to have a rolling chassis by next year. As for an engine, he’s keeping an eye out for the perfect Formula Renault or Formula Ford powerplant.
[Source: New York Times]
Most of the time when a celebrity has something to do with cars, it means there’s a specialty line being made, like a Funkmaster Flex edition Ford Explorer – ugh! This wasn’t one of those cases. Bieber decided to sign the car’s dashboard in silver pen ink and set it up for sale on Ebay. The goal? Raising money for a good cause.
The cause in question? Well, the young lad wanted to fix up the skate park in his home town of Stratford, Ontario up in Canada. It didn’t look like the car would actually bring in the minimum bid he had hoped for, but at the last minute someone swooped in to scoop the car up, though we don’t know who.
Don’t be surprised if it shows up on an upcoming episode of something like MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 series. There really aren’t too many people willing to drop that much cash on a car that starts at $22,250 aside from a one percenter with a spoiled 15-year-old who’s crushing on the Biebs.
[Source: CTV News]
Would you pay a million bucks to put your butt in the same place as Barack Obama? Yeah, we wouldn’t either.
Nevertheless, Lisa Czibor is holding out hope that someone with an affinity for Obama memorabilia will shell out the big bucks for a Chrysler 300C that the President leased during his time as an Illinois senator.
For those who don’t remember, Obama opted for a more environmentally friendly car during his presidential campaign. It seems that you don’t win votes with V8s these days.
We should really be thanking Czibor for doing the internet a service by offering one of the most laughable Ebay ads since last December’s candy cane car.
The Obama car is still without a bid and if history is any indicator it will remain that way. The auction, which was supposed to end tonight has been extended another week. The reality is, $1 million for a car with an actual value of less than $15,000 is asinine.
What’s more ridiculous is the political nonsense and attempted price justification on the page itself. Some of the examples are simply offensive regardless of political affiliation. For example, the ad insists the price tag isn’t a joke, how could it be? Adolf Hitler’s Mercedes sold for $8 million.
As if that wasn’t ridiculous enough, she cites the price Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball went for, as if that has anything to do with the car. It’s almost as if the ad is saying “look, other people waste money, you can too!”
Don’t forget to look at the ad yourself, it’s pretty funny.
Have you got Bieber Fever? If so, you’ll want to bid on a Justin Bieber autographed car that’s going to be on eBay this Friday.
We know, it’s easy to make fun of all the Bieber fanatics out there, but the proceeds of this sale are going to a good cause. Beiber wants to raise money to refurbish a skate park in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario.
The car that’s been autographed is a 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0 Turbo. Beiber took time out of his busy Christmas schedule when he was in town to sign the car, when he told Frank Sandola of Stratford Hyundai that he wanted the money raised from the auction to go to the skate park.
If you’re wondering where the teen idol signed his famous moniker, you’ll find it on the dashboard and the sun visor. If you’re interested, it goes up for auction this Friday, January 20 and will be up for 10 days. There’s no word if there will be a “Buy it Now” option, but we think it’ll do pretty well without it.
Watching Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis destroy a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Convertible over the course of The Hangover was pretty painful to watch for classic car enthusiasts. The good news is that one of the cars used for the filming is up for auction at eBay.
While making The Hangover, three convertibles and two coupes were used and chopped to look like the classic Mercedes-Benz convertible. After the film wrapped, three were left standing, and two have already been auctioned off for charity. The last one is for sale on eBay with a minimum bid of $85,000 or a $95,000 Buy-It-Now price tag.
The seller of this magnificent convertible says that it was used for most of the interior filming. The cabin sustained some pretty heavy damage during the filming, but it was restored to its original grandeur once the movie was finished. The seller also adds that this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Convertible is in operable condition, so it’s ready to take you to your next bachelor party in style… but try to keep tigers out of it.
If you’re interested in buying it, check out the eBay listing.
If you saw a 2008 Bentley Continental GTC convertible advertised for $13,900 you’d probably think something was up. Andre Souang, who who encountered this situation on Ebay with “a buy it now” incentive no doubt thought the same.
Nonetheless, the experienced Ebay user clicked his mouse and his offer was accepted.
It was then that things started to unravel, fast. The dealership that was selling the car, Bentley Scottsdale in Arizona, started sending him emails after the auction ended ranging from “we need to find a solution” to accusing Souang of trying to damage its business. It turns out that the true listing price for the car should have been $139,900 and the dealer had made a mistake. Nonetheless Souang replied stating he was willing to negotiate a deal on the car or perhaps a settlement.
His offers were declined, followed by a message from Ebay stating the auction had been canceled for “unspecified reasons” and Souang was left nothing. It turns out that automotive EBay auctions unlike those for other items are not legally binding contracts and at any time during the process, so both the buyer and seller can rescind if they so choose.
In this case, having been contacted by the seller, Bentley Scottsdale, Ebay elected to side with the dealership, insisting that proper procedure had been followed; that the car had been listed for an erroneously incorrect amount and the only appropriate thing to do was to remove the listing altogether.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened on Ebay Motors. Motor Trend magazine has reported several cases where a number of vehicles, advertised way below list, appeared on auctions listings. Buyers made bids and then the dealers selling the vehicles claimed pricing mistakes causing the auctions to be withdrawn.
However, in one instance concerning a Nissan GT-R, the vendor did end up claiming responsiblity and negotiated a deal with a buyer for the vehicle.
In Souang’s case Bentley Scottsdale remains decidedly unapologetic, which has led the Washington State native, who has many years experience buying and selling items on Ebay to become deeply suspicious of EBay’s operating practices when it comes to vehicle auctions.
“Ebay, which describes its job as bringing buyers and sellers together, did not take a neutral position, instead it acted as if it had a stake in the outcome of the car sale, deciding that it’s big client needed to be protected,” Souang stated.
[Source: USA Today]
In light of talented racing driver Dan Wheldon’s tragic death, and the family he has left behind, fellow racing driver Graham Rahal first announced that he would auction off the helmet, gloves, and shoes worn during the Las Vegas 300 to raise money to help the Wheldon family through this difficult time.
Following Rahal by example, an outpouring of collective support from athletes, and Eric Gazin of Auction Cause, came together to create the Charity eBay Auction in memory of IZOD IndyCar Series Champion Dan Wheldon. 100 percent of all proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund.
Launched October 24th, each item listed on the Dan Wheldon Memorial Auction will be open for bidding for approximately ten days. A particularly popular item on the list, a NASCAR helmet worn by Jimmie Johnson, is already up to $13,500!
Soon to follow, accomplished racing driver and star from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, Patrick Dempsey, will auction his Mazda racing suit as well. By following Graham Rahal’s twitter, you can keep track of more upcoming motorsport memorabilia soon to be available at the auction.
Athletes and celebrities are not the only people that can help. Eric Gazin encourages anyone to offer an item to the Dan Wheldon Memorial Auction, with any portion of the eventual selling price donated to the cause at the seller’s discretion.
Direct donations are available via the Dan Wheldon Family Trust fund at the Fifth Third Private Bank, 251 N. Illinois St., Suite 1000, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Built by Casey Putsch of Putsch Racing, this Batmobile replica is currently up for sale on eBay for $620,000. This one-off Batmobile replica features a 365-hp turbine engine that was taken from a decommissioned helicopter. In fact, it’s the world’s only actual turbine-powered Batmobile and now you’ll have a chance to own it yourself if your pockets are deep enough.
It features a lightweight custom tube frame/monocoque chassis with fully independent suspension, disc brakes and a sequential shifter. Fuel choices include kerosene, diesel or Jet fuel and at 2,800-lbs, Putsch claims it has a power-to-weight ratio comparable to a Dodge Viper. Even more crazy is that the car is registered and insured for road use within the United States. The estimated top speed of this Batmobile is 165- to 180-mph.
The auction states that priority will be given to outright cash sales but trades would be considered. It’s definitely one unique project and even though the price tag is pretty steep, we reckon someone out there is interested in picking it up for their collection.
Check out a video of the Batmobile that’s for sale after the break.
GALLERY: Turbine-Powered Batmobile For Sale
The auction for the first 2011 Jeep Wrangler customized with Xplore’s Stage 4 package is now up on eBay with 100% of the profits to benefit the National Park Foundation. The unique, hand-built and highly exclusive Wrangler will also come with an annual pass to all national parks and monuments, a once-in-a-lifetime camping experience at a national park of the winner’s choice, plus the winner will be featured in an upcoming issue of Xplore Great Outdoors Magazine.
The stage 4 Xplore package features a great collection of modifications to the Wrangler but most noticeable is its matte clear over dark green paint. Mopar equips the Wrangler with 2.5-inch suspension lift kit, equipped with Bilstein shocks, while the Wrangler has a menacing note thanks to a stainless steel exhaust from Mopar. On all four corners are black wheels from Method Racing wrapped with BFG’s MK2 mud terrain tires. ARB gives the Wrangler aesthetic upgrades with their front and rear bumper while a Thule roof rack should satisfy every hardcore campers needs.
On the inside, Xplore embroidered floor mats and cargo mat enhance the look while Katzkin black leather and suede interior gives the Wrangler a little bit of luxury. Options included on the Wrangler include GPS, power steering, power brakes and more.
The auction will be up until the 29th, so make sure you jump on in if you’re interested!
GALLERY: Xplore Adventure Series Jeep Wrangler
It’s an understatement to say that Sebastian Gupta’s parents are proud of him. What started as a summer project in 2010 has become $40,000 that’s been donated to a women’s center.
The happy recipient was the Houston Area Women’s Center, and the $40,000 was raised from the sale of a rebuilt 2000 Saab 9-5 the 18-year-old bought at auction. Once he was done restoring it, Sebastian put it up for auction on eBay.
The center is dedicated to putting the broken lives back together – kind of the same way Sebastian put back together the Saab. According to the center’s board chair Shawn Raymond, it costs $42 a night to house someone at the shelter, and the $40,000 would pay for 950 nights.
You may be wondering how this Saab went for $40,000. Saab North America president Tim Colbeck heard of Sebastian’s project and decided to get involved. Saab North America bought the car for $15,000. Then Sebastian’s dad’s company, IQ Products, bought the car back from Saab for $15,000 and donated another $10,000 to the cause. The result was $40,000 given to Houston Area Women’s Center.
Colbeck was so impressed with Sebastian’s drive and generosity, he gave him a new 2011 Saab 9-5 to “use however he wants” for a year. At the end of the year, Sebastian must modify and auction off this car and donate the proceeds for the center as well – it’s what you call a win-win situation.
[Source: Your Houston News]
After initially claiming it would not honor an eBay Motors sale of a Nissan GT-R, Honda of San Marcos has now officially reversed its decision. When news of the story first broke yesterday, it was then echoed across a stream of automotive blogs, sparking a tremendous amount of bad press and enough citizen action that the dealership even had to pull down its Facebook page, which became filled with negative comments.
Now the dealer has agreed to honor the $55,100 price that the buyer, Xou Vang, purchased the car for at an eBay auction. Initially Honda of San Marcos had refused, insisting Vang pay the $59,000 sticker price rather than the lower value he was able to buy the car for on eBay as a result of the dealership not listing a minimum bid.
While this is certainly a happy conclusion to yet another of these eBay Motors stories, it almost didn’t send so well, with the dealership in question even threatening to sue the buyer, as well as Motor Authority, which first broke the story. The outlet did its homework, however, and then published a story on the threats. If anything, there’s a lesson to be learned about bullying somewhere in here.
[Source: Motor Authority]
Kate Middleton’s 2001 Volkswagen Golf with 62,000 miles on it, sold for a whopping $74,500 as the Sunday bidding closed on the eBay auction site.
Five bidders fought over the Golf for the last 10 days, and ten minutes before the end of the auction, one person shelled out 48,100 pounds ( $78,383 USD) for the used vehicle. The book value of the 10-year-old Golf is about $5,700 and a brand new Golf sells for $24,000.
Kate Middleton bought the Golf in 2001 while attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and she owned it until 2007 Kate passed the car onto her brother James, who later sold it to 21 year old Sonny Brazil.
“I do believe this will be the best piece of royal history anyone could have,” said Sonny Brazil. Brazil originally said he would include a pair of silver cufflinks found in the car, but has since changed his mind and decided to return them to the Middleton family.
[Source: The Toronto Star]
You couldn’t ask for a better time to sell Kate Middleton’s car than right now, just after her royal wedding. The current owner of the indigo blue, three-door 2001 Volkswagen Golf, Sonny Brazil, who lives close to the Middleton’s home in Berkshire, England is auctioning off the car via Ebay. Brazil, 21, bought the car for $2,300 (£1,400) in 2009 after Kate, 29, gave the Golf to her brother James.
The car currently has 62,000 miles on the odometer of which Middleton put on 60,000. Kate had the mirror replaced in 2003 and one of the front headlights fixed in 2006. According to an auction house in Dorset, England, the VW is valued at an estimated $48,000, with the starting bid set at $32,000. Along with the car, Brazil will include a pair of sterling silver cufflinks he found inside the car. ”They might have been William’s or they could have belonged to James,” he says. ”It’s amazing to think I only paid about £1,400 for the car,” Brazil said. “And now it’s worth far more than that.”
A used car dealer in New Jersey is trying to make a profit off of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Saab 900 by selling it for $100,000 on eBay.
For those of you that think the price is fitting, a 1994 Saab 900 in excellent condition and low miles typically would sell for about $4,700 on any used car lot. So this Garden State used car dealer is marking the price up by $95,000. This car was JFK Jr.’s daily driver at the time of his death in 1999, and has been stored ever since the tragic accident. The Saab has just 30,500 on the odometer and seems to be in pretty good condition. The car comes with all the proper documents proving the link to the Kennedys including JFK Jr.’s license. The dealer has also shown the respect and restraint one would expect from a New Jersey used car dealer, caps lock and all:
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME AROUND ONCE IN A LIFETIME TO OWN A PIECE OF CAMELOT FROM THE KENNEDY DYNASTY. THIS CAR WAS PARKED FOR OVER 10 YEARS, BUT ONLY UNTIL NOW IS IT BECOMING AVAILABLE FOR SALE….
JOHN F. KENNEDY, JR. WAS A BELOVED PERSON THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT HIS PERSONAL VEHICLE IS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE. IMAGINE ACTUALLY OWNING THIS VEHICLE IN YOUR CAR COLLECTION, MUSEUM OR SIMPLY IS THE BEST CONVERSATION PIECE EVER. WE ARE SURE THAT YOU CAN FIND MANY VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE SHOWING JOHN AND HIS WIFE CAROLINE GETTING IN HIS SAAB ATTEMTING TO AVOID THE PAPARAZZI IN NEW YORK CITY.
So far there are no offers with eight hours left in eBay the auction.
iForged’s beautifully built Mercedes-Benz SL 55 is now currently up for sale on eBay with a buy it now price of $89,999. The hefty chunk of cash will get you a Misha Designs widebody, 600-hp supercharged AMG SL 55 with a huge collection of top quality modifications. This is the same piece of machinery that iForged showed off in its SEMA booth and the one that we spotlighted during its build process.
From bumper to bumper, this SL 55 has been outfitted with some of the best quality work anyone can find in the United States. The custom diamond-stitched seats were done by Top Stitch while the BASF Glasurit Liquid Metal Mercedes Designo Alubeam Titanium paint was sprayed on by none other than DTM Autohaus.
Transforming the exterior is the third Misha Designs widebody kit in the world, which really transforms the entire SL 55 to the extreme. The widebody also makes way for the custom 3-piece iForged Legacy V2 wheels on one side while the other side sports a 3-piece Equip V3. Up front are 20×9.5-inch wheels while the rear is a healthy and wide 21×11-inch pair.
There’s plenty more modifications to speak about, including the custom stereo and Brembo brakes, so hit the source if you’re really interested. The car currently has 32,226 miles on the odometer and is a 2004, though it received the 2009 face lift during the widebody conversion.
GALLERY: iForged Misha Designs Widebody SL 55
As if KISS action figures and PEZ dispensers are not enough, the band has branded MINI Countrymen, although for a good cause. MINI teamed up with the quartet to customize the countryman for charity. All four band members have applied their trademark style to the exterior of the 2011 Minis.
These vehicles debuted at the New York Auto Show and can be found on eBay Motors, with proceeds being donated to UNICEF. UNICEF will use the money for children affected by the March 11 Japan disasters.
Interestingly, the Mini’s are not wearing decals, but paint put on by a group of BMW employees. Each Countryman has been named after the members of KISS: Starchild, The Demon, Spaceman and Catman.
The Dacia Logan, intended to be sold in world markets as basic transportation, was never supposed to come to America, but somehow, 41 Dacia Logan station wagons found their way to Iowa, sans drivetrain.
The fleet of Romanian-built compacts, engineered in collaboration with Renault, came without VINs as well, since the cars were intended to be converted to electric vehicles. The project seems to have gone belly-up, and the cars are now being auctioned off on Ebay at a starting price of $4,500. Buyers have the option of purchasing a single car or buying in bulk, although registering the cars for road use will undoubtedly be more trouble than its worth.
[Source: Bring A Trailer]