According to the buyer, Xou Vang, Randall Ammons, owner of Honda of San Marcos, has decided to do the right thing and honor the eBay auction price. It's a classy move, if a bit late, but we commend Ammons on stepping up in spite of his employee's mistake in listing the car without reserve.
As Xou put it, "The owner Randall called me to give him a call back as he has agreed to sell the car at the eBay price."
Congratulations, Vang on winning that new 2009 Nissan GT-R. Those things are fast, man. Be careful.
Early this morning we received a call from Honda of San Marcos' Pre-Owned manager Ian Jones. We tried to get the dealership's side of the story, but Jones instead focused on our having brought Xou Vang's story to public attention and accused us of slander. We've researched eBay's policies, reviewed the auction listing, interviewed Vang, and attempted to get the dealer's side of the story. We've reported the facts we know and Vang's position as he voiced it. We've even consulted independent legal counsel. The dealership has made similar accusations of slander against Vang.
Despite the threats and hostile tone from the dealership, we're moving forward with our coverage.
The behavior of Honda of San Marcos, as evidenced in part by Jones' refusal to give the dealer's side of the story during the phone call with us, and further by their treatment of Vang over the phone as detailed below, makes it pretty clear Vang will not have his auction price honored. Why the dealer won't drop the $3,900 difference--a mere 7 percent of the purchase price--to keep a customer happy and its reputation clean, is outside of our understanding
Vang's just trying to get his GT-R. He's agreed to a fair price, as determined by the market for that car on that auction. Honda of San Marcos didn't want to sell the car for what buyers were willing to pay, according to the auction--but they failed to set a reserve price.
According to the Better Business Bureau, in response to Vang's complaint, the dealership responded with the following: "On August 09, 2011, the business provided the following information: Mr. Vang has engaged in slander against Honda of San Marcos and attempted to purposley [sic] and unlawfully disrupt the dealership's ability to operate. as a result of these documented offenses and on advice from counsel Honda San Marcos will not discuss this matter with the BBB."
We got in contact with eBay Motors to see what their official stance on the matter is, and they had this to say:
"We are reaching out to the dealer to confirm what happened. If the buyer's story is accurate, this behavior is in direct violation of the eBay User agreement http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/user-agreement.html
Specifically, the Seller has:
1) Failed to deliver items purchased
2) Attempted to manipulate the price of the item
The eBay Dealer team will contact the Seller immediately and if warranted notify them of their violation of the user agreement. If the Seller fails to comply, and has further incidences like this, eBay may either limit or suspend account privileges."
Since we broke Vang's story onto the automotive web last night, enthusiasts all over the Internet have taken up the cause, including posting to the dealership's Facebook page (which has since been sterilized and shut down), Yahoo! listing, and much more. They've even created at least two pages on Facebook calling for Honda of San Marcos to honor their deal with Vang. Check out the link to the original forum post at My350Z.com below for all of the action--now at 27 pages and growing.