Man sends car buyers 85-mile round trip to ‘teach him a good lesson’ after £250 offer – but was he right?

A MAN sent a hopeful car buyer to a hospital on a wild 85-mile chase and told him to “get a check-up” – because he was offering less than half the asking price.

Mechanic Janis Drikis, 37, says he was “sick” when Charlie Murry, 51, offered him £250 cash for his Honda Civic, which he had advertised for £550 in hopes of a quick sale.

Janis Drikis sent a hopeful buyer to a hospital


Janis Drikis sent a hopeful buyer to a hospitalPhoto credit: Kennedy News
The buyer had offered him half the asking price for his Honda Civic


The buyer had offered him half the asking price for his Honda CivicPhoto credit: Kennedy News

The father-of-two pretended to be happy with the offer and told Charlie to pick up the car the next day, gave him the address of a local hospital and only told him he was played after he’d already made the two . hour drive.

When Charlie made it to the hospital, Janis advised him to “make an appointment and check himself out” for making such a low offer, to which an angry Charlie responded, calling him a “lazy bastard”.

Janis ended the exchange by telling Charlie he was going to teach him a lesson – who has since slammed Janis’ ruse, saying he “didn’t find it funny”.

Charlie defended his bid, claiming that the advert described the car as having an MOT fault and that it had a defective turbo, meaning it was only suitable for scrap.

Janis, from Newry, Northern Ireland, said: “I put the car up for sale in the market place for £550. I know there are people who will ask about it. I’ve had a lot of messages offering £450 and £400 and I don’t mind if someone asks 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 some 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.

“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.

“Five minutes later he texted me that he was in the hospital. I told him to make an appointment and check if he made that stupid offer. It was a good way to teach him a good lesson. Star.

“He came from Ballymoney which is hours away. I’m sorry, but it’s a good lesson for him.”


Charlie says he was helping out at his son’s scrap shop when he offered to drive from Ballymoney to Newry to pick up 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.

“It could have been used again if you were going to spend £1,000 on it. If it’s good enough to use, why didn’t he take it MOT, fix it and race it?

“My offer was fair, it was only good for scrap. He only had to reply to my reply ‘that’s not enough. No thanks’.

“I was pretty upset when I got there because it was an absolutely despicable act to do to anyone. I would understand if it was a £2,000 car and I was offering dirty money for it, but it was junk.

“When you buy in the marketplace, no numbers are exchanged, we buy cars every day and never have a problem. He probably thought it was smart, but I didn’t think it was very smart.

“From now on, we ask for a phone number so you can contact the customer and talk to them verbally.”

Luckily, Charlie claims he’s already scheduled to pick up two other cars from the same area that day.

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.”

Janis shared the message exchange on Facebook, where there were more than 4,000 interactions with other sellers who shared similar experiences.

Janis said: “People on Facebook said the same man offered other people £200 for a £600 car. They said well done this is what he should get and I did a good job for him.”

Janis says he hasn’t heard from angry Charlie since. He was hoping for a quick sale but decided to keep the car.

Janis said: “The car is good, he buys and scraps cars but I could do that myself and get my £550 selling parts and wheels and scrapping the car.

“Scrap money is good now but the car is good enough for someone to use. I figured I wanted a quick sale and be happy with my £550.”

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.”


Photo credit: Kennedy News Man sends car buyers 85-mile round trip to ‘teach him a good lesson’ after £250 offer – but was he right?

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