Your 1-year-old toddler is playing with your smartphone. She checks out the eBay app. She looks at a run-down 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite. She buys it for $225. What do you do?
Instead of explaining the mix-up to the seller of the $225 Austin-Healey Sprite and not paying up, Oregon man Paul Stoute intends to make the old car as a gift to his daughter, Sorella.
“She decided to open the eBay app, and started clicking around and one thing led to another and we own a car,” a laughing Stoute told Portland television station KOIN.
"Fortunately, she didn't buy the $38,000 Porsche," the Portland dad told KPTV, adding that he was actually looking on eBay to purchase an old car to restore.
The Austin-Healy Sprite is quite the clunker, according to the seller, who listed the car as a “Frankensprite.”
Sorella’s mother, Christina Stoute, said the Austin-Healey Sprite “comes with two engines. They’re both in the back seat.”
Fortunately for the Stoutes, the seller of the Austin-Healey Sprite lives in Tualatin, Ore., about a 30-minute drive from Portland, making it convenient to pick up the car.
The Stoutes plan on giving the Austin-Healey Sprite as a high school graduation or birthday gift to Sorella once it’s restored.
But the Oregon couple told KPTV that they’re ensuring that Sorella doesn’t buy another car on eBay again. The Stoutes now use password protection on their phones and uninstalled apps that can be used to make purchases.
“It cannot happen again,” Christina Stoute said with a laugh.