• Jan 25, 2010
This ended about how we predicted. You all no doubt remember McFly, the guy that won a legit eBay auction for a slightly used Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T for $16,125. Problem was that the seller – Glenn Hyundai of Lexington, KY – felt the car was worth more ($19,700) and refused to sell it to McFly. They claim they set a reserve price (even though they didn't) and wouldn't budge. End of story, kind of.

See, the internet got a hold of the McFly's tale of woe, and few things excite people (us included) more than tales of bald-faced greed mixed with dishonest car dealers. Not surprisingly, the story took off like wildfire and Glenn Hyundai soon found itself inundated with phone calls, emails, faxes – you name it. The onslaught became so bad that Glenn Hyundai got in touch with McFly and told him that if he would call off his dogs (remove his forum posts, plead with Gencoupe.com forum members to stop harassing the dealership, somehow get Digg.com to do... exactly what we're not sure, etc.) they would presumably sell him a Genesis Coupe for $16,125.

Why do we say presumably? Because we never knew the details of the agreement McFly worked out with Glenn Hyundai. Or, as McFly puts it an updated post, "For the record I have not shared any part of the verbal agreement." Despite this agreement never being finalized, some felt that McFly's saga was over (while some nearly broke their hands patting themselves on the back). We ourselves were reluctant to think or declare anything until McFly had the Genesis Coupe in hand. Guess what?

No Genesis Coupe 2.0T for McFly. He's claiming that Glenn Hyundai has breached the "verbal agreement" he reached with them. He's refusing to give any details of said verbal agreement, but maintains that Glenn Hyundai owes him a Gen Coupe for $16,125. Also, McFly's retained a lawyer. Also-also, he's contacted Hyundai USA but received no response. We'll keep you updated. Thanks to Bora for the heads up!

[Source: Gencoupe.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Check out some other complaints against them when you Google their Glenn Hyundai and fraud.
      Apparently, this isn't the first time they screwed over someone.
      http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Glenn+Hyundai+fraud&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just what Hyundai needs right now, as they're working to overtake Toyota - a public relations nightmare. They should be leaning on Glenn Hyundai - hard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure Hyundai is in communication with Glenn.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The BBB. What a bunch of crap. I've tried two times to get help from them in absolutely obvious cases of unfair business practices. Both times, the most they did was write a letter to the business I was complaining about. That's all they do. They are a paper tiger with no teeth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I use that phrase on a daily basis. "It's on like Donkey Kong". Thanks for the laugh guys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wayyyy more than $3575 worth of bad press and attorney's fees in this one. The dealership is hopefully noticing a drop in floor traffic and an increase in phone calls from Hyundai about the future of their franchise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a dealer employee, I understand both sides of this issue. But, the fact remains, if I read Autoblog correctly, that the dealer didn't put a reserve on the sale of the Coupe, and so, if that's the case, the evidentual winner of the auction reaps the benefits. Give the guy the car for $16,000 plus and move on. It certainly isn't worth all the s*** that has happened since. As we say where I work, nobody wins when lawyers get involved - expect of course, the lawyers, and Autoblog gets another posting......


      Robin Edmond
      Santa Margarita Ford
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sometimes lawyers NEED to get involved when people either don't understand the law, or intentionally subvert it. In this case, it appears there has been a pretty simple breach of contract.

        I only practice part-time now (oddly, being an engineer is more lucrative), but I've taken a few cases pro bono publico, when:
        1. it looked like a normal person, without the means to defend themselves, was getting taken advantage of
        2. I could receive favorable indirect publicity for my practice

        In the case of this guy, it looks like both could be achieved.

        I wouldn't be surprised if the attorney representing this guy waived their fees on a loss. Attorneys fees are recoverable by the plaintiff in Kentucky (it isn't that way in all states), so the attorney could only charge on a victory - and then the judge would direct the defendant to pay the fees.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember to Digg this up...
      and hopefully this will make 4chan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Theres likely a good chance that the dealership will win at court since we all know ebay exchanges are not legally binded by the law. Say if the guy won the bid but never went to claim the car, could the dealership in return sue him? They can try but won't win and could easily put up the car for sale again or ask the 2nd highest bigger to claim the car.

      The dealership will lose though no matter what in the end.

      Hyundai should also step in, in my opinion and do some internal investigation. Penalize the dealership if they did the wrong. They don't have to force them to sell the car but they should be punished for ill advised car selling practices. If they penalize it would be nice of them to send the guy a customized coupon for 2 or 3 k off any hyundai car, free trim upgrade if he has to pay 19k etc.




        • 4 Years Ago
        He went to claim to car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seem the deal is on again, McFly has pulled all his posts, again.
      http://www.gencoupe.com/219298-post1.html
      Now I'm really curious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gen Coupe, you are my density.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He won the auction, fair and square. Just give him the damn car already.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even then, I doubt it's at a loss. Maybe not as much of a gain. They claim they won't accept less than 19,700 for it, then for it to be a loss at current price it would've had to cost between 16,125 and 19,700, and no dealer would be happy with only a couple grand profit. No, I'm willing to bet that they bought it for a good chunk less than 16,125.

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