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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]
Xou Vang thought he scored a sweet deal on eBay: $55,100 for a 2009 Nissan GT-R with just 36,069 miles on the clock. But Honda of San Marcos, Texas, is refusing to honor the sale, pressuring Vang to pay the full $59,000 sticker—and violating eBay’s stringent rules in the process.
As of yesterday, the GT-R is still listed on the dealership’s inventory at $62,674. While a three grand reduction off the price is impressive enough, it still isn’t what Vang is legally bound to pay. He called the dealership repeatedly, arranging a deposit and a time to pick up the car, which the dealership refused. A sales manager told Vang.
“So he kept telling me he will not sell it as he has the rights to not sell this car,” said Vang, “as eBay is not a contract and eBay has fine small prints that says dealers are exempt and they do not have to sell the vehicle. I asked him where was this and he was unable to point me to the information where he is finding this small print.”
Vang wisely contacted as many offices as he could: eBay, the Better Business Bureau, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Texas Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Trade Commission. But he lives all the way in Anchorage, Alaska, and the idea of making the trek down south makes him feel “hopeless, since I have no one to turn to,” he said. For now, however, he’s got his comrades at My350Z Forums, and as we’ve learned time and time again from similar cases—don’t underestimate the power of the Internet.