2009 Nissan GT-R: A New Owner Takes Possession
November 20, 2009
As I write this, our 2009 Nissan GT-R is somewhere between Los Angeles and the new owner's home near Atlanta, Georgia. After spirited early bidding the eBay auction closed quietly with the GT-R going for $52,600. The winner of the auction, Joao De Barros, an auto dealer who sells exotic cars and construction machinery, wired us the full payment, and then flew to Los Angeles. I picked him up at the airport, we signed papers, and he left the same night to return to Georgia.
I was selling the car by listing it on Mota's VIP service. Our Mota listing (which is also posted on Autotrader, produced a number of calls which were screened before I spoke with them. However, nobody was really stepping forward with any serious offers at our asking price of $66,000. With nearly 31,000 miles on the car, and the warranty expiring at 36,000 miles, I decided it was time to force the issue. I set up a 10 day eBay auction which seemed to get a lot of attention. There were 6,982 page views, 107 watchers and over 50 bids.
Derek Cohen, of eBay Motor's dealer services, suggested that we tickle buyers' excitement by lowering the reserve on the car by even a small amount. In this way, all bidders would receive an e-mail saying that the reserve had been lowered. They would then jump back in and start bidding again to see how low the reserve was.
The bidding stalled at $52,100 until the final minutes of the auction. Then De Barros jumped in and claimed the car with his bid of $52,600. It was the one and only time that he bid. He had, however, e-mailed me with a few questions about the car's condition.
I was a bit nervous picking De Barros up at the airport since he had never even seen the car in the flesh, so to speak. Before he arrived I had vacuumed the interior and washed the car carefully. As I dried the flanks of this impressive machine, I couldn't help thinking of a line of dialogue from "Anchorman." After Ron Burgundy goes on the skids he disappears into a washroom and then reemerges in his immaculate suit. The bartender who witnesses this says, "Dang, that dude cleans up good." That line kept ringing in my ears as I remove the layer of dirt from the GTR and saw the ivory white paint sparkle in the sunlight.
De Barros seemed very pleased with the car although he didn't want to drive it back from the airport, was which was a complete mad house. But he seemed eager to be underway for his 2,700 mile journey. We took his picture before he left. By the way, he promises that this car is a keeper and will be driven, not rubbed with diapers.