A used car dealer says when Conor McGregor hit a john in a pub for refusing to drink his whiskey, it cost her tens of thousands at a lucrative car deal.
cGregor sold Wicklow’s wife Nadia Adan his prized white BMW i8 and because of the publicity the UFC fighter generated by posing with his Beemer, an American fan offered €250,000 for it.
“I sold it back then for a quarter of a million to a collector in Vegas who was a huge MMA fan,” said Nadia, 32.
“I had sold it for stupid money and had a big deposit – then obviously this incident happened at the pub and your husband called me and said, ‘Look, I don’t like what he’s done’ or whatever, and added ‘I’m not making the deal’.
“Unfortunately Conor went and did what he did to the guy at the pub and your husband didn’t keep the deal and I was like, ‘Ah look, it’s fine’.”
McGregor was fined €1,000 in November 2019 for assaulting Desmond Keogh at the Marble Arch pub in Dublin’s Drimnagh last April after the thug took offense when the victim refused a free shot of Proper 12 whiskey from the fighter , which he sold in the bar .
Nadia said she bought McGregor’s car through an agent and has kept it ever since and now drives it regularly herself.
“People tell me when I’m outside, ‘that was Conor’s car,’ because he took a fair bit of footage when he owned it.
“I think it was kind of like the first big car he bought for himself when he got into a couple of bobs. So there were a lot of photos of him sitting on the hood and stuff like that,” says Nadia.
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“Conor changes every second of the day, he sold it to me and I think he bought a Bentley at the time. It’s a nice car in fairness. I think he has eight to ten cars, maybe more.”
Nadia declined to say exactly how much profit she would have made from the car but admits it would have been in the tens of thousands.
“You see, like any celebrity, I think he’s a great advocate for the country and I wish him well,” she says when asked what she thinks of McGregor.
“He’s good out there for the country but look again, he’s a bit of a knife too.
“I know there are a few things. It’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not.
“Obviously you’re disappointed because it was a brutal deal, but on the other hand you learn to move on very quickly when deals don’t go through because that’s part of the game.”
Nadia has become one of the best-known used car dealers in the country through her business, Ashford Motors, which has more than 100,000 followers on TikTok and another 20,000 on Instagram.
She previously worked as a stockbroker, having come to Ireland as a young girl with her mother after they fled their native country of Somalia as refugees.
Her mother worked five jobs to get Nadia through college, where she earned a master’s degree from Trinity College.
“I’ve always had an interest in my cars and the guys I’ve worked with have always driven nice cars. I bought a nice engine and I sold it in the Tesco car park one day on my lunch break and I made a few bobs with it and I was like, ‘That was a little fun,'” she recalls.
“I’ve always bought and sold, just bought and sold stocks. Dealing in cars is very similar.”
They officially began trading in March 2020 from their Rathnew showroom in Co Wicklow. By then she was selling cars from her family home in nearby Ashford.
Nadia now has up to 30 cars for sale on her site, ranging from a €10,000 entry-level car to a blue Lamborghini Spyder, which she has on offer for €300,000.
“Business is booming,” confirms Nadia, who appears with other car dealers tomorrow on RTE’s “Secrets From The Showroom.”
“When the pandemic hit there was a higher demand for used cars because people had extra money to spend and were buying cars. They had nothing else to spend their money on.”
Prices have also risen by up to 65 percent, mainly because Brexit is making it more difficult to import cars, while there are also fewer new cars because the supply of chips for electronic control units is restricted.
“It was actually a bonus for me,” admits Nadia. “Obviously the pandemic wasn’t the best thing to happen to the world, but it was the best thing to happen to the used car market.
“What happened was the big brands like Nissan and Toyota or whatever, they would normally have sold the trade-ins going to other independent dealers like me.
“But because they couldn’t get their hands on brand new cars, they had to sell these older cars, which in the past they never would have had to sell – they would have traded them on to people like me or other independent garages.
“It forced me to think outside the box and ask, ‘Where do I get my supplies from?'”
Targeting social media, Nadia had up to 10 clients a day contacting her to sell cars.
“Last week I sold a 2016 Bentley Bentayga for €170,000. It would be worth about half a million new. This was the only one for sale in the country.
“Yesterday I sold a Range Rover Sport for 80,000 euros. I sold a Porsche for €100,000 last week. I sell €100,000, €200,000 cars every week. I have high profile clients, I can’t name names. You can’t get new high-end cars, that’s the point.”
- Secrets From The Showroom airs Monday at 9:35 p.m. on RTÉ1.
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