Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be the president of Iran, but he’s got a thing or two to learn about selling cars on the internet. He recently put his 1977 Peugeot up for bid on a special website launched by the Iranian government, and the bids have already exceeded $1 million. I may not agree with the man’s politics, his sanity or his rather bizarre take on world history, but he’s selling his car for a noble cause (the construction of houses for the disabled and their caretakers), and besides, I hate to see anyone get scammed. Mr. Ahmadinejad, the internet is a corrupt place. You know your views on the lawless decadence of the west, specifically Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles? The internet is worse than that. It’s got more thieves and scam artists than New Year’s Eve in Times Square, and that’s saying something. I’m guessing that whoever placed the $1 million bid for a car worth $1,000 (and I’m being generous since you’re selling it for charity) is about 15 years old and posting from his mom’s computer. He probably had a good laugh about it, and signed up with some creative user name like “DeathToTheWest77”. Trust me on this, he’s not going to cough up the Rials for the purchase, since his net worth is probably a Playstation 3 and a tattered copy of “Penthouse” magazine.
I’d also avoid anyone who tries the old “I’ll send you a cashier’s check for more than the sale value” trick, because that’s also a scam. The funds on the check will never clear, and then you’ll be out the money you spent and your car. If you’re borderline homicidal now, how are you going to feel then? It’s not like you can send death squads after someone posting from an internet cafe and using a mail drop as a address.
If you really want to sell the car, try using a legitimate website like Hemmings Motor News or Craigslist (although you probably don’t have a Craigslist, Tehran, do you?). I don’t know how to break this to you, but you’re really just a minor celebrity in the west, so don’t be surprised if your name doesn’t draw in huge money. Remember, you’re selling a 1977 Peugeot 504 here, and not something rare or exotic. Be reasonable in your expectations, and remember that the internet is no place for noobs.