First want to say Colin, I’m a big fan of your books and your insane detail to restorations you undertake. I’m a big Shelby lover as well and enjoyed your Shelby book.
I had a similar experience with a buyer of one of my cars I auctioned through BaT, however, my experience was the complete opposite.
Long story short, I had built up a sold reputation on BaT with a score of over 1,000 and listed my 7th car for sale as a private seller. Title in my name, owned the car a short while as I bought it off a family member who needed the money but I fully disclosed everything in my listing and described the car as it with it’s minor faults and over 60 photos and 2 videos of it driving. Car meets reserve and sells, BaT puts me and the buyer in contact and he informs me he’s going to fly up from North Carolina to Michigan, pay cash, and drive the car home. Great, what a fun road trip that would be!
I present him with the free and clear title in my name and a bill of sale and he insists we go for a quick test drive just to make sure he’s happy with the car and as he puts it in park after a quick ride he looks over at me and says: “I think I’ll pass, car isn’t what it was described to be”… I’m astonished and appalled at the same time. I remind him that he won the auction and that is a binding contract and he owns the car, not first right of refusal. He replies very distastefully: “I disagree” and gets out and progresses to insult my integrity, the car, and BaT. After some choice words back and forth he leaves and I get on the phone with BaT and inform them of the situation in which they offered to refund my insertion fee, relist it for free, and ban the buyer from BaT. I took them up on 1 and 3 and decided to market the car locally in which it sold a few weeks later.
Just goes to show that buyers can be less-than-honorable as well… even after investing money in a purchase as that “buyer” was charged 5% of the purchase price as a buyer’s fee and invested in flights from NC to MI and back.