Selling a 21-year-old car is difficult, but you can tip the odds in your favor if you’re creative. Los Angeles-based writer and director Max Lanman has created a clever and funny commercial to market his fiancé’s 1996 Honda Accord, and it went viral, gaining more attention than a car like that could ever dream of.
Five days after the vehicle, nicknamed “Greenie” went on sale, the bidding had reached $150,000 and the video had reached about 4 million views. Then eBay closed the listing due to “unusual bidding activity,” according to the company’s comment to NBC Bay Area. “Apparently, someone in (eBay’s) fraud department, who was unaware of the ad and story behind it, could not believe that a 1996 Honda Accord was bidding for $150,000, and canceled the auction,” Lanman explained. He was told that eBay could not restore the initial auction, so the pair had to re-list it – which they did.
“This was definitely an unexpected turn, but we have faith that everything will work itself out. Overall, we’re just so grateful for all that has happened with the commercial and the story. It’s been truly amazing.”
The ’96 Honda has 141,095 miles on it, and The Kelley Blue Book value of the vehicle is $1,500. As of writing this article, the current bid for it is $5,600. Scroll down to check out the brilliant video that started this crazy story, and let us know what you think about it in the comments!
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This is “Greenie,” a ’96 Honda Accord that probably got more attention than any of its “sisters”
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After 14 years of driving it, Carrie Hollenbeck decided it was time to sell her beloved car
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To help, her fiancé Max Lanman shot a brilliant commercial, and it went viral for all the right reasons
Unaware of the story behind it, eBay canceled the bidding after it reached $150,000, thinking it was a fraud
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The couple were told that eBay could not restore the initial auction, so they had to re-list it – which they did
The internet loved this creative approach