Man takes car salesman and finance company to court after $215k McLaren repossessed

A man who bought a $215,000 sports car only had the pleasure of driving it for seven months before it was repossessed - but, it wasn’t anything to do with his finances. It turns out the luxury car still had finance owing on it from a previous owner.

Yitong Chen purchased the McLaren 650S Spider from dealer Bin Gu in May 2021.

He told NZME through his lawyer that he had purchased the car outright and that he was not aware of any security interest on it.

Chen said he only owned the car for seven months before Auckland finance company Falcon Advances took it from him due to the outstanding finance.

Chen alleges that Gu failed to disclose the vehicle had a security interest registered to it when he bought it and now he is without the car.

So, now he’s taken the matter to court saying he wants his “money back”.

He initially applied to the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal to help resolve the issue.

However, the tribunal can’t hear cases where a vehicle’s purchase price exceeds $100,000 unless both parties agree to waive that jurisdiction cap. Gu refused to sign such a waiver so Chen has taken both him and Falcon Advances to court.

Gu is currently overseas and did not want to comment.

The owner of Falcon Advances Ltd, Nigel Brown, said he was unable to comment on the specific case as it was still before the courts.

However, he did say it serves as “a warning for people to check the Personal Properties Securities Register before buying a motor vehicle”.

Could be a painful outcome somewhere