A car dealer in Florida on eBay called AutoNationDirect has just launched a seriously incredible promotion from March 23rd to March 30th that is about to make your jaw drop. Over the next 8 days, they are going to be selling 29 BRAND NEW cars at 50% off MSRP. Too good to be true? Well, as long as you meet the terms and conditions (which look doable to me), you get a fully warrantied, brand new car for a ridiculously low price. Here are the terms and conditions quoted from the listing:
Other Terms and Conditions:
- $500 PayPal required immediately after clicking “Buy it Now”
- Full payment required within 3 days of deposit.
- Only specified VIN’s offered.
- Vehicles available first-come, first-served while supplies last.
- Vehicles are to be shipped out of Florida and buyer is responsible for arranging shipping and insurance.
- Tax, shipping, tag and title fees are additional.
- Price includes all consumer rebates and dealer fees.
- Limit one vehicle per household.
- Employees of eBay or AutoNation and their families are not eligible for this promotion. Brokers and Dealers are not eligible for this promotion.
- The Program Period starts at 12:00PM ET on March 23, 2012, and ends at 11:59PM ET (or until supplies last) on March 30, 2012.
- Cash deals only, no financing.
- Buyer must agree to sign a talent release to be used for public relations purposes.
- Buyer will be contacted by an AutoNation Direct Consultant and must complete the buying process and take delivery of the vehicle within five days of purchase.
The first vehicle up for grabs (which sold before I could even finish writing this blog post) is a 2012 Chevy Camaro V6 Automatic with 12 miles for $12,720. It came with the factory warranty, black paint, and a price that you will never ever beat at your local dealer. eBay Item Number 180849077707
Which vehicles will be up for grabs next? Looks like at least one Corvette, a few SUV’s, trucks, and several smaller sedans. Hit the link, grab some popcorn, open your wallet, and lets watch this play out.
Updates 7pm 03/23/12:
2012 Ford Mustang sold for $15,142 – eBay item # 180849190034
2012 Ford Focus sold for $9,842 – eBay item # 180849123159
2012 Chevy Sonic sold for $8,727 – eBay item # 180849182021
Updates 3:30pm 03/24/12:
2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew sold for $19,315 – eBay item # 180849290385
2012 Ford Fiesta 5 door hatchback sold for $10,415 – eBay item # 180849286794
Updates 11:45pm 3/24/12:
2012 Chevy Volt (Yes, I just said Volt) sold for $22,615 – eBay item # 180849301004
2012 Chevy Cruze sold for $9,530 – eBay item # 180849294243
Updates 7:15am 3/26/12:
2012 Ford Edge sold for $15,130 – eBay item # 180849332448
2013 Chevy Malibu sold for $13,480 – eBay item # 180849326181
2011 Chevy Cruze sold for $9,957 – eBay item # 180849328836
2012 Nissan Sentra sold for $9,210 – eBat item # 180849306196
2012 Ford Focus sold for $9,842 – eBay item # 180849123159
AutoNationDirect on eBay
Their current live eBay listings (may be zero in between car sales)
One of my long term dreams in life is to own a beautiful old Porsche. I haven’t yet decided which model or just how old it will be, but a
convertible ehem… sorry, roadster really does sound quite nice. It doesn’t necessarily have to be super fast, but it will need to be as functional and nimble as it was when it was new. I want to carve the farm surrounded rural roads of New England without a radio, totally enveloped in the amazingly distinct sounds that the air cooled engines can only produce. Maybe I’ll be wearing a well worn leather jacket with some cracks in it, along with a cool hat. Yeah, a hat… that will be nice.
This car that we have here today was spotted on eBay, and it is a long way from carving rural roads. In fact, its a long way from just about everything, including resembling an actual vehicle. That said, these cars are worth an absolute fortune when restored properly. So even though it appears that this Porsche had a major role in a horrific accident that took place at the bottom of a swamp 40 years ago, it still has extremely significant value! In fact, with 6 days still left, the 20 bids have already hit $15,000! Crazy? Like a fox. Let’s think about it. Imagine that you hypothetically buy this car for 20 grand (bargain alert!). You then dump $50 grand into it restoring it over the next 5 years while you break in your leather jacket. When it’s done, the car will be worth more than what you have into it. Convertible versions of these 356’s go for $80K+ depending on their quality and history. Although this one is rougher than most (all?), it may be the bargain of the week! Luckily for me and my family, I know how long it takes me to get metalwork to my impossibly straight standards, so the closest this Porsche will ever be to me is in my dreams. Is this a project for you?
Images borrowed for eBay item number: 290685130752
With the Mayan calendar running out later on this year, we all may find ourselves battling the undead sooner than we initially expected. During this time, Mad Max-esque vehicles will be our only hope for travel. We’ll obviously need the basic zombie apocalypse survival vehicles, along with the search and recovery vehicles. Then there’s today’s wheels of choice, designed strictly for zombie hunting. Okay, maybe it wasn’t built for hunting zombies per se, but it was definitely built for hunting. The vantage point. The gun racks. The spotlight. The full staircase for your convenience. It’s all there folks, ready for zombie attacks. Granted, everybody know that zombies know not to mess with Aerostar-Suburban double deckers, but hey, you may catch a few here and there. The clock is ticking, are you ready to battle the undead in the zombie apocalypse?
eBay item number: 190646175195
About 18 years ago, I went to Florida to visit my grandparents. While we were down there, my dad and I escaped from the rest of the family for a bit, and found ourselves at a local junkyard. I remember very little about that day, except for a glorious pair of convertible Packards that we found. When we first entered the yard, we exchanged pleasantries with the yard owner and wander through the dusty gates. Sitting right before us were two 1948 Packard convertibles that looked like the had been off the road for quite a while, but probably not at that junkyard for long. They weren’t in bad shape overall, and had beautifully patina. Back then, patina would have been removed immediately. These days it would have commanded top dollar. Sadly, we had zero room for a set of gigantic Packards in our driveway back up in Massachusetts. So, much to my chagrin, we left them behind. Since that day, there has always been a spot in the back of my mind, yearning for one.
Today on eBay is exactly that, a 1948 Packard 2 door convertible. It actually looks extremely similar to the mental image of them that is branded in my mind, though a little worse for wear. This one is for sale for $6500, and looks surprisingly solid. If it were mine, I would drop a good running engine in it, some nice brakes, a decent bench seat, a new windshield, and drive the heck out of it. What can I say, I just love that
barn woods-fresh look.
10 days left – eBay Item # 290675332786
I could go about a million different directions with an eBay find like this. Maybe I should reference Brad Pitt in the movie “Seven” when he is screaming “WHAT’S IN THE BOX!!!“? Or I could write my own version of Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s famous “Saturday Night Live” like song:
Step 1) Cut a hole in the box…
Step 2) Put a motorcycle in the baaaahhx…
Step 3) Never open the box… and that’s the way you do it. It’s a bike in a box!…
It’s not just a bike though. This is a 1984 Harley XR 1000, and yes it is brand new, straight from 1984 to your computer screen. You can’t make this stuff up. Here’s the story quoted right from the eBay auction:
Up for auction is a 1984 Harley Davidson XR-1000 Motorcycle. This bike was delivered to Thurnalls Harley Davidson in Clarksville Indiana. Due to slow sales at the time, the motorcycle remained at Thurnalls warehouse in its shipping crate. Mr Thurnall passed in 2003, and in 2007 the bike along with other motorcycle related items were purchased by the current owner. When the bike was transferred in 2007 a small C shaped cut was made in the crate so the local sheriff could inspect the VIN number. Other than that, the Motorcycle has been undisturbed in its crate. I was able to take some pictures by inserting my camera through the C shaped hole. We have a clear Ky title in the current owners name showing 3 miles. Local pickup, is preferred, with payment of the balance at that time. We will ship if payment methods are acceptable.
Much like the brand new Bronco from a few weeks, I’m left wondering what the owner can possibly do with it? It’s a crazy piece of history that is totally one of a kind. Tearing the box off of it would potentially hurt its value, never mind ever starting it and riding it. Sure, it would be amazing to tear up the streets with a brand new bike from the 1980’s, but let’s face it, once this thing has a couple thousand miles on it, its value will slice in half. Amazing mechanical finds like these are always a blessing and a curse for me to see because I am always so torn up about what the “right thing” is to do with them! Luckily, none of us will have to stress out about it, because the motorcycle sold yesterday for $30,000 to somebody that we don’t know (most likely).
Check out the eBay Item # 220942214431 for more pictures.
In the automotive world, there is a tongue-in-cheek joke about Toyota Supras, it goes something like:
Q: “What do 400hp, 600hp, & 800hp Supras have in common?”
A: “12 second time slips.” (…Laughter then ensues…)
Well, today I have found official evidence that 1200 horsepower Supra’s do in fact run faster than 12’s in the quarter mile. It comes in the form of… you guessed it! an eBay listing for an absolutely evil looking MKIV Toyota Supra. Here are a few stats that will make you question what you are doing with your life.
- firstname.lastname@example.org MPH (@ 45psi boost)
- 3.2 2JZ Engine, partially filled with Hardblok
- 91mm Garrett GT5533R
- TH400 Transmission
- TWELVE 1000 injectors (2 per cylinder)
- 6x EGT sensors
- CO2 controlled wastegates
- Over $80,000 in receipts in hand
Naturally, there are also videos of this thing in action. Watch this and look at how disturbingly hard this car launches. I don’t know how it doesn’t spit the driver through the rear window at the starting line. I mean it is truly ridiculous. The 60 foot times on this must be mind blowing.
Got a need for a potentially 7 second Supra? Bid now on eBay Item # 270898816806 . If you win the auction, you better keep in touch. We want to see the first 7 second run that it makes.
I’ll tell you what’s better, an El Camino barn find! Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment shall we? If there are two things in the automotive world that all people truly love, it’s a good barn find story, and glorious El Caminos. I can’t pinpoint what it is about Elky’s that makes me personally, so incredibly happy. Maybe it’s the 1964+ Chevelle nose? Or could it be the ability to haul rusty junk in the back? I. Don’t. Know. By now, you can probably tell where this post is headed. That’s right, I found a 1966 El Camino on eBay that is claiming, and appearing to be, a true barn find (so jealous). It’s quite solid, and it looks like it has some bruises, but it wears them like the boss that it knows it is. For god sakes people, it’s an El Camino with factory A/C. It is the vehicle that dreams (and nightmares) are made of. I mean this thing is terrific with a capital T. I hope that whoever lands this 100%-fun-wagon will daily drive the heck out of it as is, all while sending the 1A Blog pictures along the way. God I love El Caminos.
See more pictures at ebay Item # 200700827614