How do you say "oops" in German?
While you can still sell your car to a dealership or privately by placing an ad in the newspaper, people are increasingly doing the deed online at sites such as Craigslist and eBay. However, because sellers are creating the 'for sale' ad themselves, it's vital to accurately enter the correct information. Otherwise, well, the sale could become unnecessarily complicated. Case in point is an unnamed German guy who accidentally sold his BMW for just 1 Euro.
According to Automobilwoche, the owner placed an ad on eBay with the intention of asking a lot more than that. The car is supposedly worth around 12,000 Euros.
Unfortunately, the exact model wasn't given. The BMW 3 Series is the company's best-selling model in Germany, so it's a decent possibility this was the vehicle. Anyway, the seller realized his mistake but only after the auction began. It should come as no surprise there was a highly interested buyer who thought he was getting the deal of a lifetime.
The seller immediately and understandably objected to the "price" and the whole thing ended up going to a Frankfurt court. Both sides made their argument but, in the end, the court ruled in the seller's favor. Why? Because the seller made it clear in the ad his intention of selling the car for a lot more by checking the box indicating "Immediate offers are welcome."
The court ruled this alone was clear-cut proof he didn't want to sell the BMW for a measly euro and the sale was not binding. He could keep his BMW. Not surprisingly, the buyer wasn't happy and nearly appealed the decision but ultimately decided to withdraw it.
If there's a lesson to be learned from this it's to make sure you enter relevant info correctly. Mistakes happen but they could potentially lead to unnecessary financial losses.