A DRIVER said he wasted “two hours of his life” on a wild goose chase after offering to buy a £250 car.
Charlie Murry, 51, offered mechanic Janis Drikis, 37, £250 in cash for his Honda Civic – less than half the £550 the owner was asking.
The buyer said the car was an MOT fault and “only good for scrap” because it had a busted turbo, meaning his £250 offer was fair.
But mechanic Janis was “disgusted” by the offer and decided to prank Charlie to teach him a “good lesson”.
The father-of-two pretended to be happy with the offer and told Charlie to pick up the car at a local hospital the next day.
When Charlie made it to the hospital, Janis advised him to “make an appointment and check himself out” for making a low offer.
Angry Charlie called him a “lazy b*****d”.
Janis ended the exchange by telling Charlie he was going to teach him a lesson.
Charlie blasted the ‘trick’ and said he ‘didn’t think it was funny’
The father had been helping out in his son’s scrap shop when he offered to drive him from Ballymoney to Newry, Northern Ireland, to collect the car.
Charlie said: “It was an MOT error and also had a busted turbo. That was in the description.
“He had it for £500 and it was just junk.”
He added: “My offer was fair, it was only good for scrap. He just had to send ‘that’s not enough. No thanks’ to my reply.
“I was pretty upset when I got there because it was an absolutely despicable act to do to someone.”
Meanwhile, Janis from Newry said: “I put the car up for sale in the market place for £550. I know there are people who will ask.
“I’ve had a lot of messages offering £450 and £400 and I don’t mind if someone asks like that. I would probably ask.
“But I got this message for £250 cash and I was like ‘Jesus Christ’.
“It made me sick and I was about to send a few nice words but I sent him a thumbs up instead.
“He wrote back asking for my address, so I gave him the address of a hospital. I thought I had to teach him a good lesson.
“MY OFFER WAS FAIR”
“He asked if I would be there all day and I gave the thumbs up. The next day he texted me that he couldn’t find my house so I referred him to the hospital.
“He texted me that he would be in the hospital five minutes later. I told him to make an appointment and check himself out if he made that stupid offer.
“It was a good way to teach him a good lesson. He called me a mean bastard.
“He came from Ballymoney which is hours away. I’m sorry, but it’s a good lesson for him.”
Janis says the car was advertised as MOT ready and that he recently paid for a new windscreen and tires.
He argues that £550 is a fair price as the car is worth £2,000 after MOT and although the car was ‘live’ it still started and was drivable.
Janis said: “It could be a sensor or worse the turbo. A used turbo costs £100.”
Charlie added: “Just say no like other people do and no harm will be done. I don’t know why he set his mind to it and played that trick.
“Everyone thought it was clever and funny, but I didn’t think it was funny.”
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