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Sue the dealer and Ebay.
I understand the dealer for not wanting to lose that amount of money, but you think they would at least contact you and give an apology, and maybe offer you a more reasonable price that both parties could agree on.
Originally Posted by pip
Did anything ever come out of this???
Here's how it all came down:
I never heard from the dealer again after the initial conversation where I tried to pay for the auction I won. I spoke to Ebay, and they confirmed that all auctions are binding EXCEPT real estate and automotive. I filed a BBB complaint to try to maintain a dialogue, but the company never bothered to respond. I don't know what ultimately happened to the car, but I presume it sold.
I doubt that even 1% of bidders are aware that the contract is non-enforcable. Ebay didn't even try to make seller complete transaction, and stated that "due to variations in state laws" sales on autos are non-binding. The very frustrating lesson learned here is that a dealer doesn't have to complete a transaction (for an auto) via Ebay, and you also don't ever have to complete a transaction that you get cold feet on. Unfortunately, this is the kind of situation that makes used car dealers look dishonest and sleazy. Thanks Again Platinum Auto Group!!
Not sure if it has been said, but when you list or buy it states that this is a legal binding contract. So I would think a lawyer would win this.
Did anything ever come out of this???
Thats not right. Hit em where it hurts and give them some bad reviews online dealerrater, yelp etc.
i agree with some people here, that is your car. if it was the other way around im sure ebay and the seller would be all over you on an item you won and didnt want it anymore. check ebay rules and then sue , maybe some already said it. i feel for you man, good luck with the process.
Has anyone thought to go above the head of whom you are dealing with? Intentionally bashing the reputation of any business can be a fine line illegal. I don't know whom you have spoken with, I would guess the sales manager/internet department. They won't honor that sale, because they are going to catch an ear full from the person above them.
Most dealerships if you get in touch with either the president or owner they will honor the sale. 40k is a little more of an extreme margin, but I can see him meeting you somewhere in the middle. You'll still get a good deal and they might not be so hard headed to negotiate. Just my .02cents. I've seen similar deals mis-wrote in the past. They were honored for the sake of good business ethics, that is after it was passed up the chain.
Some people seem to have misconstrued this thread. If it was read from the beginning, you would see that the intent was not to "whine" or "bash the dealer" (because neither has happened). It was simply to get reactions from forum members with the remote chance the dealer might honor the auction he listed (he did have to push a button to set the price, and he did have to push a button to place the auction and agree to Ebay's terms after he took the time to make the listing) . I have no intention of hiring an attorney over this matter, and I have not lost a moment's sleep over it.
My appreciation goes out to the entire forum for chiming in!
Those are not $40K margins. Google harder. There's no advantage to spending hours crying to the e-police, over hiring an attorney, if one is that dead-set on having his/her way with the issue. OP won't be compensated, I guarantee.