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President Obama's car for sale on eBay: Is $1M bid too much?

obamacar012812_optBY BOB HOLT

President Barack Obama used to have an easier job in the Illinois senate. And instead of needing bulletproof transportation, he spent a few of his years in Illinois driving in a grey 2005 Chrysler sedan.

That car has had three owners, and is now on eBay for auction. If you think gas prices are high, all this car’s going to cost you is $1,000,00.

The woman handling the auction, Lisa Czibor, said to ABC News, “How do you put a price on something like that?” The eBay listing says Obama drove his Chrysler 300C sedan from July 2004 through summer of 2007, putting more than 19,000 miles on the car before trading it in for a 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid.

The seller listing says the sedan comes with “the original paperwork and the title showing that this vehicle was actually used by Barack.” Czibor has a 100 percent positive feedback rating on eBay.

According to the New York Times, Obama had been criticized in 2008 for driving a V-8 Hemi-powered auto that ate gasoline while at the same time complaining about auto companies not building fuel-efficient cars.

Apparently the price is based on historical value. The Christian Science Monitor reports that the Kelley Blue Book value for a 2005 Chrysler 300C maintained in excellent condition with an odometer reading of 20,800 miles is $16,558.

In 2009, a Russian billionaire bought a blue Mercedes said to be owned by Adolf Hitler for $8 million. But Franklin Roosevelt’s Cadillac V-16 convertible presidential limousine sold for a mere $270,000 at a recent auction.

No bids have been placed on the Obama vehicle at this writing. Full payment is required within ten days of purchase. The auction ends February 1.

Comments (2)
2 Saturday, 28 January 2012 21:36
What a fine automobile. If anyone pays more than the blue book - idiot.

Anyway, as far as saving/buying on eBay in general goes:

If you send the seller a question about an item, find another of their listings, and send the question from that item page, rather than from the one that you actually want. This will add a little bit of work for the seller, if they want to add the question/answer to the item description page that you are actually interested in.

If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. May be telling them that they would not have to wait as long to get their money (they would probably know that, but it still might help). If that does not work, use a sniping service such as to bid for you. It'll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.

Use a site like to set up saved searches. You'd get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. Especially good for "Buy It Now"s priced right.

If the item that you are looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like to hopefully find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers might never see them. Then, if the item is listed an auction format, after a few days of no bids (hopefully anyway) send the seller and offer to end the auction early and sell the item to you. They may worry that no one is interested, and take whatever they can get.
1 Saturday, 28 January 2012 17:43
Mopar or NO car!

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