Breaking news update
Ken Tanisaka's battle to get his M3 sedan from BMW of Lincoln, Nebraska is not over, despite encouraging words posted by Ken himself on Monday. While the embattled eBay winner had reported that he would be sold the brand new M3 sedan for his winning bid of $60,000, there were "special conditions" that had yet to be discussed. Having spoken with the dealership now, as well as retained his own attorney who specializes in internet law, Ken has revealed what the conditions are.
First, the dealership asked that the car could not be sold for a number of years. How that has anything to do with the dealership, other than them not wanting Ken to profit from their mistake, is beyond us. Ken's lawyer got this condition removed, thankfully. The second condition is that Ken would be asked to help defuse the internet firestorm that began after he posted on M3post.com about this situation. Ken did just that when he posted on Monday that things were moving in a positive direction, prompting us to remark that we can call off the hounds now. Apparently the hounds need to be unleashed again until this dealership gets it.
Ryan Mathis, the sales manager for Husker Auto Group of which BMW of Lincoln is a part, was recently quoted in an article about the situation saying, "These bloggers out there, they have lots of time on their hands to do this." Ken shoots back in his latest post, "Did it ever occur to the dealership that they created a situation that compelled complete strangers to MAKE time?" Clearly there are many people out there who identify with getting screwed by a dealership, hence the outpouring of support and demands for internet justice, but until BMW of Lincoln sells the M3 sedan to Ken with NO strings attached, this isn't going to end. Seriously, BMW of North America, can we get a little help here? Thanks for the tip, everyone!
Believe us, there are good people in this world. BMW of Lincoln, Nebraska was under fire for the past 4 days after refusing to honor a winning auction on eBay Motors for a 2008 BMW M3 Sedan. But after many phone calls, threats, emails and even fake sales calls from forum members and random supporters of the bidder that heard his story on the internet, BMW of Lincoln was forced to sell the E90 M3 Sedan at the winning bid of $60,000.
Bidder theticketmasta, better known as Ken, was searching on eBay Motors for a 2008 BMW M3 sedan when he came across an auction that read in caps “LOWEST PRICE ON EBAY.” The auction started at $60,000 and had a ‘But it Now’ price of $66,926 with no reserve.
After the auction was over, Michael Barett at BMW of Lincoln contacted Ken telling him the auction was a mistake. Ken then reminded him of his contractual obligation to complete the eBay transaction, however, Barett refused to honor the deal.
Ken then posted about his ordeal on many car forums around the web which in return led to major support with random people calling the dealership on behalf of Ken asking them to give him his M3 Sedan for $60,000. Even lawyers gave their support offering free legal services to Ken to get his new M3.
As a result, BMW of Lincoln decided early today to give sell Ken the car for the winning price. Posting on m3post.com Ken writes:
This morning, BMW of Lincoln has agreed to sell me the car at a price of 60K, with certain conditions. I’ll be going over the conditions with the dealership tommorow, and I hope to have everything finalized by tommorow afternoon. But one thing that I would like to make everyone aware of is, BMW of Lincoln is proactively working to correct the situation that they screwed up. And yes, they screwed up big time, no doubt about that.They are trying to do right, so please don’t harass the dealership right now. No phone calls, threats, emails or fake sales calls.
We’re just wondering what the conditions are. Let us know when you get a chance Ken. Also make sure you post a picture of yourself with your new M3 Sedan.
Thanks for the tip Mike!