I bought a S2000 and got ripped off - S2KI Honda S2000 Forums
Short version is that this guy in NY saw an ad on CL for an S2000 with a factory hard top, some after market coil overs and other parts listed for sale. He flew out to CA, saw the car, took pictures of the car with said parts on the car. He agreed to purchase the car, gave the seller the money and left it with the seller to arrange transport back to NY.
When the car arrived in NY, no factory hard top, stand, cover, or coil overs. He calls the seller and the seller says we didn't agree to sell you the car with those parts. You bought it as is. Refuses to send parts and eventually (it appears) sells them to someone else.
Internet blows up and this thing goes viral.
Lesson to be learned here, always, Always, ALWAYS put EVERY detail in writing when selling something over $500. Verbal contracts are not valid if the contract is for over $500. Had this been in writing this case is a slam dunk for the buyer. While he is in conversation with the seller now to resolve the issue, it is a royal pain.
I hope this gets worked out to the buyer's satisfaction and I feel for him having to go through this. It sucks. I hope this is a warning for anyone else when buying a car or other high dollar items private party. A written contract isn't saying you don't trust the seller, it's saying we both agree to this and this is protecting both of us. Only someone who doesn't wish to honor the contract would be afraid of a simple written contract.