November 5, 2017

Watch: This Is What Happens When a Filmmaker Needs to Sell a Used Car

Selling your used car is a serious pain in the ass—unless, of course, you're this guy.

How do people usually sell their used cars? Well, if you're like me, you take a bunch of horrible photos of the battered exterior and crusty interior, try to remember all of the pertinent specifications of the make, model, and year, and then head online to write a super boring ad on Craigslist listing it for its KBB value or best offer. Then, after many agonizingly silent weeks or months, someone reaches out wanting to buy your hooptie-ass crapwagon for much less than you're willing to sell it for, but who cares, right, because you're so done with the whole miserable process.

Or, if you're like director Max Lanman, you go out and shoot the most epic used car commercial, go viral, and end up getting offered 68x what the car is actually worth. Like a boss!

Lanman decided to help his girlfriend sell her 1996 Honda Accord (named "Greenie"), but instead of posting an ad online like a normal person, he went all out and got a crew together to shoot a full-scale car commercial, complete with gorgeous drone shots along winding stretches of coastal highway, close-ups of interior features, and a cameo by a beautiful, fluffy, white Persian.

After putting the ad up on eBay, Lanman's video went viral and bids for the car, which KBB lists at around $2000, have skyrocketed to reach $135,800—for a 1996 Honda Accord! Clearly, this filmmaker is doing something (or everything) right, because in this case, luxury really is a state of mind.      

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Calm down, it was a mistake from ebay,
Car is around 500 USD right now.
Nice camera work, btw

November 6, 2017 at 4:56AM, Edited November 6, 4:56AM

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visionrouge.com
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Fake news!!

November 6, 2017 at 12:14PM

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Stephen Kawakami
The Boss
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500 bucks for a Honda with 141K on it?? In what country?

Relative to other states in the US, the cost of living in my city is quite low. Here, that car would sell for an absolute minimum of $1500. Heck, you could probably get upwards of $2000 for it. In areas like San Francisco and New York, I'll bet the price is twice that.

November 6, 2017 at 1:56PM

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Clay Smith
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Wonderful commercial! The cat was the best part or maybe the expression on the actors face, or the beautiful cinematography! Getting a cat to look so calm in a moving car must have been a challenge. A 1996 Honda Accord can be a decent used car if not abused.

November 6, 2017 at 6:10PM, Edited November 6, 6:10PM

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Anton Doiron
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