DJ Uses 'Sob Story' To Buy Car Before Listing For Three Times The Price
A woman claims a DJ used a 'sob story' to make her sell her car for less than half of the asking price - before putting it up for sale an hour later for more than three times what he paid for it.
Sarah Hutchinson, from Glasgow, Scotland, listed her Audi TT Quattro 3.2 for sale online for £2,500 two weeks ago.
The 24-year-old was soon contacted by a DJ called Mark who wanted to buy the car, but not for the asking price.
She claims he convinced her that he would have to spent a lot of money on repairs and that she wouldn't find anyone willing to meet her asking price.
Case worker Sarah also said Mark told her he needed the car because he had a young daughter and was moving house.
After coming to view the vehicle, he totted up a list of issues with the vehicle and allegedly claimed it would cost £1,600 to get the car up to scratch - even though Sarah had already been told by a mechanic the bodywork only needed £400 worth of repairs.
Eventually, Sarah conceded and sold the car for just £1,100 - but just an hour later, she noticed Mark had put the Audi up for sale for £3,850 in advert that described her old car as 'immaculate'.
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Sarah said: "He spun a sob story and didn't make it clear. I [would have] had no issue with what he was going to do with it afterwards - it's the fact he was so untruthful. He said, 'I need a car for the weekend - I've got a daughter, we've moved house, we really need a car.'
"I think part of it was that I'm a young girl. The fact is he was condescending, when I'd already done my research and checked it. But when you're dealing with things that are more geared towards men, you start to question yourself."
Reflecting on the discovery of Mark's advert for the car on Facebook, Sarah said: "Me and my mum thought we'd have a look to see if he was showing it off.
"We were dead shocked and thought, 'That's just an hour after we sold him that.'
"He'd put up the photos of the car in my driveway and he'd put the car was 'immaculate' and he was selling it for £3,850."
When contacted for comment, Mark initially said the advert was a prank by one of his friends, but the advert had not been taken down a week later. Mark has since admitted he intends to sell the car, however, he denies any wrongdoing.
He said: "I bought the car in good faith and do not need to explain myself.
"If I bought a car through Facebook for £1,100, spent £1,500 on repairs and sold it on, that's my business. If I choose to sell it for £1,000,000, the owner cannot have any comeback.
"She was desperate to sell as she knew the amount it would cost to fix, and if I can do this and take on the responsibility, then there's nothing wrong with that.
"I paid good money for the car in the condition the car was in. I am being made out to be some kind of bad guy which is not the case at all.
"No one would consider buying a car at market value in that condition. She just has the hump because she has seen an advert that she did not like."
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