Kentucky Hyundai Dealership Threatens To Sue eBay Buyer If He Doesn't Shut Up

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Daniel Sanchez, the buyer at the center of the Glenn Hyundai eBay debacle, told Jalopnik he's been contacted by Glenn Hyundai and told to remove all mention of his buying experience from "the internet" or face legal action.

A refresher on what's transpired so far right here. We just got off the phone with Sanchez, an engineer working in Austin, Texas, and he informed us a lawyer from the dealership where he thought he'd purchased a used Genesis coupe phoned him and asked him to remove all references to Glenn Hyundai from the GenCoupe forum and to stop calling the local news — something he says he hasn't done but another forum member may have. If not, Sanchez was told, there would be legal action.

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Sanchez, for his part, isn't backing down because he claims he's put nothing false on the Internet about what happened, including the claim that the dealership offered him a Turkey if he dropped the matter.

Following up on our theory that there may have accidentally been a "Buy It Now" price, Sanchez is claiming when he saw it "There was no 'Buy It Now.'"

At the moment eBay is looking into the matter for us, but until then Sanchez is still hoping this can be amicably resolved, telling us:

"If they want to put things right and make a better view to the public, I don't want to go after them with lawsuits, it's hardly worth it. But it's the principle of the thing."

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First of all, I'd probably send at least a little abuse Sanchez' way for paying $10K too much. I wouldn't go into five figures for a Hyundai of any description. But that's where that ends.

Glenn Hyundai needs to eat the difference. In fact, if they'd done that from the beginning, this would've been a big PR opportunity, along the lines of, "Glenn Hyundai stands by its promise. We screwed up, you win!" You can't buy that kind of publicity.

What you can buy is a big ol' Ass Hat. Step up, Glenn Hyundai, and try yours on for size.

Fits perfectly.

It's up to the seller to know what he's about. It's up to the buyer to know what he's about. Glenn Hyundai demanding that Sanchez read their minds, and most particularly that of their IT guy, is patently ridiculous. This is called a Life Lesson, and the tuition, as you can plainly see, can be pretty steep.

So eat the difference. It won't kill you. But it's much too late to come out of this looking like the good guy. Your best chance now is to come out looking like the petulant, reluctant, legally-obligated-and-pissy-about-it asshole.

Hey - what's going to happen to Glenn Hyundai's Seller Rating? I'm going to go to eBay and check.