George Michael's Range Rover goes up for sale on eBay
George Michael died on Christmas Day at 53
A Range Rover claimed to be the vehicle George Michael smashed into a Snappy Snaps store has gone up for sale on eBay just two months after the star's death.
The 4x4, which has done nearly 80,000 miles, is claimed to have been parked outside his house in Highgate, North London, before being sold in 2015.
The top price offered so far is £6,000 after another 12 bids on the car, which has apparently been in storage since it was bought by the current owner.
The listing has been up for a week and includes a DVLA certificate showing the registered keeper as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, the singer's real name.
Michael, who died on Christmas Day aged 53, drove his Range Rover into the front of a Snappy Snaps branch in July 2010 while under the influence of drugs.
And the seller, from St John's Wood, said: 'I have owned this range rover for about two years, it's been in storage all that time. I bought it direct from George.
eBay listing: The 4x4 vehicle, which has done nearly 80,000 miles, is claimed to have been parked outside his house in Highgate, North London, before being sold in 2015
Identified: The listing has been up for a week and includes a DVLA certificate showing the registered keeper as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, the singer's real name
'It was parked outside the Highgate house. It has two owners on the log book, which I still have. The first is George's dad at the Herts address.
'The Rangie is in good used condition. It has some scratches that I have left on the vehicle as I believe they were caused when driven into Snappy Snaps.'
The seller said the Range Rover was one of two bought at the time, with the second being the car Michael crashed into a lorry on the A34 in Berkshire in 2009.
They continued: 'Obviously this vehicle is a piece of pop history and is part of a very turbulent time in George's life. It can be seen in lots of pictures online with George.'
'Good condition': The seller said the Range Rover was one of two bought at the time by Michael
The car is said to be 'a piece of pop history' and part of a 'very turbulent time' in the star's life
After Michael was found dead last year, dozens of messages for him were stuck to the Snappy Snaps store where he crashed in Hampstead, North London.
Several messages were stuck to the front of the store as it became an unlikely pilgrimage for fans, but a sign was later placed outside asking them to stop.
After pleading guilty to driving under the influence over the crash in 2010, Michael was sentenced to two months in prison.
The singer, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, was initially taken to HMP Pentonville in London, where former inmates included Oscar Wilde and Boy George.
'Wham': Michael drove his Range Rover into the front of this Snappy Snaps branch in Hampstead, North London, in July 2010 while under the influence of drugs
Damage: After pleading guilty to driving under the influence over the crash in Hampstead in 2010, Michael was sentenced to two months in prison
Later, he gave a 'sincere' apology to store manager John while live on-air on the Capital FM breakfast show when host Johnny Vaughan called him.
Michael said at the time: 'I'm genuinely and sincerely sorry for smashing into your shop.'
Taking the apology in good nature, John replied: 'That's no problem. It would be nice if you could come through the front door one day soon.'
The eBay listing was revealed by Sun reporters Gemma Mullin and John Shammas.
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It's 10:30 p.m. on a humid April night in Cincinnati. I'm standing in an empty Target parking lot as a double-decker car transporter pulls up with a rumble. On the back is the car I bought off eBay sight unseen weeks earlier: a 1992 Land Rover Range Rover.
Minutes later, my shiny red Rover is on the ground and the keys are in my hand. I hop in, start the engine and lap the parking lot a few times. I'm riding high, both from the Rover's tall ride and the unusual path I took to buy the car. I keep thinking, "Who knew buying a car could be so easy and fun?!" But on eBay that's just how it was.
Bye, public transit
Living in Cincinnati without a car was annoying. My apartment was an 11-minute drive from work, but the No. 4 Metro bus took 40 minutes to get there. The solution: Buy a car. Specifically, I wanted a used luxury car because despite its age it would be full of modern amenities. Also, maybe I watch too much "Top Gear"?
In 2015, I was ready to start shopping, but buying a car, especially a used one, is a well-known pain in the ass. For the longest time, there were two main options: You went to a dealership or bought privately.
A dealership has services like financing, warranties, maintenance programs and inspections. But dealer cars are more expensive than private purchases and you have to tolerate a dealer's hard sell. If you buy a car privately you can save money, but you have no idea how the owners maintained the car while they had it. There's plenty of room for shadiness.
But then, another option appeared. I should explain that after considering an old BMW 5 series and even older Jaguar XJ, I decided I wanted a Range Rover Classic. It has a V-8 engine, a leather interior, a sunroof, cruise control, ABS brakes and all-wheel drive. It's also a boxy beauty.
While searching the internet for prices on Range Rover parts (you know, just in case), I discovered the eBay Motors section. Could I really bid for a car like you bid for a prized collectible? To test the waters, I typed "Range Rover" in the search field and saw a couple of dozen old Rovers for sale around the US. The whole time I did this, I remember thinking, "I didn't know eBay sold cars."
But it did. I set up an eBay alert for Land Rover Range Rovers from 1970 to 1996. I kept my eye on other sites like Autotrader and Cars.com, but they had far fewer listings for what I wanted. And then I waited.
The final seven minutes
After weeks of watching Rovers come and go on eBay, I found "the one" — it was a 1992 short-wheelbase (SWB) Range Rover — the SWB Rovers look more badass. It was Portofino Red and had 174,419 miles, not too shabby for a 24-year-old car.
According to the posting, the Rover was in good running shape and didn't have any rust on the body. It could easily sell for $6,500 or more. But I wanted it for less. I entered a bid of $3,500 and used eBay's automatic bid option to raise my bid anytime others raised theirs. After a day or two of bid stagnation, the action picked up during the last seven minutes of the auction. The bids started rising: $3,600, $3,700, $3,800. It was intense and exciting.
With three excruciating minutes to spare, my bid of $4,200 remained on top. I won the auction and the Rover was mine. I put $500 down and settled $3,966 (including taxes) with the seller later.
My new-to-me Range Rover was in Florida, 900 miles away, but shipping it was a breeze. There is a "shipping and payments" tab in every eBay Motors posting that lists quotes from uShip. I was able to view multiple quotes and contact the shipper straight from eBay.
Have you ever taken a vintage Range Rover on a late-night joyride in an empty Target parking lot? I did and it was pure happiness. But the "responsible Patrick" in me had a mechanic inspect the car the next day. The engine, transmission and brakes were all in good shape. However, I opted to replace the transfer case and smaller things like the aluminum door handles.
Over a few weeks, the mechanic got everything on the 24-year-old Rover into a daily-driver state. From then on, my Rover Classic was a joy to drive and own. I drove it every day to work and to run errands and I did a road trip to Wisconsin to visit friends. I even drove it across the country to move to San Francisco for my job with CNET.
People loved seeing this old Rover out and about. During the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cincinnati, people took pictures in front of it and called it the Big Red Machine after the 1970s Reds. Most importantly, I loved it, and that's what mattered.
When I arrived in San Francisco I realized I didn't need the Rover anymore. San Francisco is all about walking, biking, public transit and ride hailing. I donated the Big Red Machine to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I was sad to see it go, but knew it was going toward a good cause. There are times I miss the old Rover. As big purchases go, this was one of my favorites.
Though my experience with eBay Motors was great, I recommend taking the same precautions that you would when buying a car any other way. I talked to Joe Boland of La Grange, Illinois, who bought a '60s Mini Cooper on eBay years ago from a dealer 500 miles away. Rather than paying to ship his car, he decided to make an adventure of bringing it home from Nashville, Tennessee.
"My wife and I bought tickets to fly to Nashville to pay for the car and drive it home," he says. But that's where the fun ended. Upon arrival in Nashville, Boland realized most of the car's wiring had been disconnected. After a quick visit to a mechanic, the Mini was running, barely.
"The car ran rough," says Boland. "It wouldn't get above 45 miles per hour." A few miles later, Boland saw gas leaking from the carburetor. He was livid. Weeks later after hounding the dealer, he finally got a refund.
Despite the experience, Boland says that he would shop for a car online again, but only for a new one that offered an incentive greater than he'd get from a local dealer. "What you see isn't always what you get," he says. "The dealership took advantage of me."
A safe bet: eBay services
eBay Motors launched in 2000. "At the time, the idea of buying a car via the web was foreign to most people," says Jay Hanson, eBay's vice president of North America Merchandising, Hard Goods. The site also has dealership-like services, but without the talking-to-a-dealer part. That kind of support made me feel comfortable shopping for a car more than 1,000 miles away.
- $100,000 Vehicle Purchase Protection: covers vehicle cost against fraud and defects.
- AutoCheck vehicle history report: checks the accident and title history.
- WeGoLook: sends a "Looker" to inspect the car you're interested in. Starts at $99.
- Financing: lets you apply for financing and quickly get an answer.
- Shipping carrier quotes: provides free quotes for shipping costs via uShip.
- Tire purchase and installation: allows customers to buy tires online and have them installed at a local shop.
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Sergio Aguero's Range Rover for sale on eBay with proceeds to Chorley charity
A Manchester City kit man who lives in Lancashire has put the Range Rover gifted to him by departing club legend Sergio Aguero up for sale on eBay with proceeds going to a local children's charity.
Ally Marland was the lucky recipient of the striker's 2016 Range Rover Evoque following a raffle at the Etihad Stadium last month.
After Aguero announced his departure from Man City following a trophy-laden 10-year spell he gave every staff member the chance to win his cherished car.
Aguero, the club's all-time record goalscorer, paid emotional goodbyes last week before announcing his free transfer move to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Popular backroom staff member Ally, who is understood to live in Preston, was the winner of Aguero's Range Rover and embraced the Argentina international when he was handed the keys in the training ground car park.
However Ally, who is married to wife Nicky, said they already have two cars and have no need for the flash motor.
They have instead listed it for sale on eBay with five per cent of the purchase price going to Derian House Children's Hospice in Chorley.
Speaking of the charity, Ally said: ""We have chosen Derian House Children’s Hospice as we wanted to donate the money locally, we are aware of the work they do and how they rely on donations to operate."
The eBay listing shows that the Range Rover, which has its MOT expiring next month, is nearly brand new with only 10,500 miles on the clock.
The sale post states: "MANCHESTER CITY SERGIO AGUERO RANGER ROVER EVOQUE FORMALLY OWNED BY MCFC & ARGENTINA FOOTBALLER.
At the time of writing the current price stands at £51,500, having attracted 57 bids so far.
The deadline for the sale is 7.12pm on Monday (June 14) and the successful bidder will be responsible for vehicle collection or delivery from Preston.
In addition to the car raffle, generous Aguero spent £60,000 in total on watches for each of the 60 members of City's first-team staff.
Each of them were given either a Hublot or Tag Heuer watch which had the words 'Gracias! Kun Aguero' engraved.
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You Can Now Buy Sergio Aguero's Range Rover On eBay
Sergio Aguero's Range Rover has been listed on eBay following the Manchester City legend's move to Barcelona.
Prior to leaving City following 10-trophy laden seasons at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero wanted to give back to those who work behind the scenes at club.
In addition to giving around 60 City backroom staff an engraved Hublot or Tag Heuer watch and making a substantial donation to the club's end of season pot, he organised a raffle for his £40,000 Range Rover Evoque.
The winner of the sweepstake was Ally Marland, who has been a kitman at City since 2012. In footage posted on social media, Aguero handed over the cars and the two shared a warm embrace.
But with Ally and his wife Nicky already having cars, the vehicle has been put up for sale on eBay - with five per cent of the figure going towards Derian House Children's Hospice, a Lancashire-based charity which provides palliative, specialist respite and end of life care for children and young adults throughout the North West region.
The opening offer was set at £23,000 and has seen a total of 21 bids so far - with the most recent at £29,600.
The car, which has its MOT expiring next month, has done 10,500 miles so far and as per the listing, comes with the following:
*DAB Digital Radio
*Full leather seats
*Heated Front Seats
*Parking Sensors Front And Rear
*Daytime LED Running Lights*
*Cruise control with speed limiter*
*Electric Power-Folding Mirrors* Lane Keeping Aid and Alert*
*Push Button Start
*18" Alloy Wheels
*Front and Rear* Multi function steering wheel
*8in High Resolution Touch-Screen
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Topics: Manchester City, Sergio Aguero, Football
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