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Dealership Threatens To Sue BMW Owner Who Won Their eBay Auction

Refresh, refresh, refresh, 5-4-3-2-1-0. Autodynamics’s no-reserve eBay auction for a 2008 BMW 3-Series M3 Dinan was over. At $33,700, Rene Beunier was the top bidder, and he was pretty stoked to get it for about $7,000 under typical dealer cost. When he called the dealership to arrange the deal, the receptionist accused him of “hacking eBay.” After more protracted wrangling, the dealership is threatening to sue Rene for “tortious interference” and “defamation,” unless he pays up $1,500.

Something I particularly enjoy about my new gigs is using the full names of the people mentioned in the article and the complete names of the businesses we’re talking about. Stories have so much more impact when we know they’re about real people and places. My new story on Jalopnik has got that in spades. And it may result in the customer getting a new car as a birthday present for his mother.

Something I particularly enjoy about my new gigs is using the full names of the people mentioned in the article and the complete names of the businesses we’re talking about. Stories have so much more impact when we know they’re about real people and places. My new story on Jalopnik has got that in spades. And it may result in the customer getting a new car as a birthday present for his mother.

How You Can Sue An Automaker In Small Claims Court And Win (my first feature for Jalopnik)

Got 2.5 hours sleep last night and banged out my first feature for Jalopnik, 2,600 words. I was working on this for next week because everyone thought the decision wasn’t going to come until then, but then the decision dropped last night and I needed to quickly ramp up so we could have a nice topical how-to this morning while the story was still part of the newscycle. I consumed 2 red bulls and a packet of gummy bears in making it happen. I regret nothing! Really awesome to work with the Jalopnik guys. Super collaborative, smart, fast and pro.

Yesterday, Heather Peters proved one woman can strike a blow against a major automaker when she succeeded in a landmark California case against Honda for making false claims about fuel economy.The key? Take them to small claims court. With her help, we’ve created this definitive step-by-step guide to how she, like a modern-day David, took on Goliath — and how you can too.

[Jalopnik] (illustration: Jason Torchinsky)

I also wrote a followup post for Jalopnik to show how Honda tried - and failed - to destroy Peters’ case.

(photo: Rich_Lem)