13/01/2015 16:27 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Dad Shames Teenage Son With Hilariously Honest Car Ad On EBay


A dad posted an hilariously honest eBay advert selling his teenage son's car which describes it as a 'dustbin' with seats that don't work because of all the girls getting in and out.

Nigel Stewart-Stone, 50, was so fed up with 19-year-old Dalton's careless attitude to the car he titled the eBay listing: "Who would buy it?"

He apologises for the state of the black Renault Clio and says it is full of litter and has dents in it where his son climbed onto it to try and get in the house.

The full advert reads:

"This car belonged to my 19 year old son, who now has a new car, I can only apologise for the state of it, clearly he will treat his new one the same.

"OK , the passenger side has a large dent on it , where my son tried to climb the corner of my house, I did tell him that if he is going to insist on going back and forth on the wall the dent will get bigger !!! and the drive way is only 10 feet wide after all.

"The clutch is now slipping, again he did not know this, as loud music is the preferred thing, and could not hear it slipping, just wondered why it took him longer to get up a hill!!! still there is enough clutch left to get you home, I think?

"Surprisingly the electric windows still work well, considering the amount of times they go up and down calling to his mates, and banter with the passing girls, many of whom have been taken for rides in the car, which may explain the passenger seat not moving back and forth anymore, still makes it hard for them to escape his deafening music.

"There may or may not be any oil and water in the car, despite me repeatedly telling him to make sure it was maintained, I believe he thought this meant sitting in it on the driveway listening to his music whilst having a smoke, he would have washed it occasionally, but said 'not really worth it now is it dad', as its got a big dent on it!!! and anyway, surely I would know if it needed oil, the red light would come on!!, still he does have a brand new set of mats in the boot, bought when he first had the car.

"There may be the odd ripple in the front of the bonnet, but according to my son that was there when it was bought for him, and nothing to do with sitting and chilling on it, may be it was a better place to sit than the passenger seat!

"It does have the other alloy wheel in the boot, with a puncture, but if he gets another puncture he will use one of the other three on the car.

"The drivers seat has a hole in it, this was done killing time, whilst stuck on the side of the house performing modifications to the side of the car.

"The rear of the car is in fact a large dustbin for discarded fruit, and McDonald's, not for carrying passengers, but still he says he's loving it!!!

"Anyway if you think this car may be suitable for your son, please go ahead and buy it, its after all in the perfect state for any teenage lad, and will save them all the time and effort that my son has put in to it, getting it this way.

"It's now down to me to dispose of this wonderful car I bought him many years ago, now he has a new one, he thinks that you just leave it parked on the side of the road until someone comes and takes it.

"Its not how he has treated the car since he has owned it that worrys me, its the fact that he now has a new 14 plate car, which incidentally will be coming up for sale in a similar state in some years to come, although he informs me he will look after this one because it has 'no dents', and is clean and shinny, and doesn't need washing, to my surprise he went and bought a new set of matts for it, 'there in the boot', is this history repeating itself?

"When I told my son I was selling it, because he now had a new car, he said 'well who gets the money?' I said me of course, but it won't be much as the car has had it, to which he then replied, 'that's not fair, it's a good car, nothing wrong with it," and that he should get the cash.

"I offer absolutely no warranty with this car, and many thanks for looking.

"Nigel, a devoted father with much patience."

Despite the dad's honesty, the car reached £101 after 33 bids with five days of the auction left to run.

A day later, after the story hit the headlines, the car had been bid on an impressive 157 times with a top bid of £154,100!

Nigel, from Newton Abbot, Devon, said: "I wrote the advert after my son's car packed up and he had a bit of a panic.

"He's an estate agent so needed something nice to go to work in. I sat down and looked at the car and thought who is really going to buy it anyway?

"Then I started grinning to myself about the things that he had done to the car. It's just typical of a teenager. When we bought it there was nothing wrong with it.


"I have had so many text messages and emails through eBay and on Facebook. Some of the responses have been really great.

"It wasn't my intention at all to get this kind of response. I find it really amusing.

"I don't think my son expected so many people to read it. He might actually start to get a little bit embarrassed."

Several potential buyers have already been in touch with Nigel about the sale.

Among them was Jon Zaple, 25, from Newton Abbot, Devon.

He wrote: "Thanks for entertaining me and my friends for five minutes whilst we read your eBay article.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you the utmost luck in selling your son's car. We actually considering buying it for a laugh at one point."