Man spent $70,000 on a car he hadn't seen

Eugen Radas never took his brand new Toyota LandCruiser for a test drive.
Eugen Radas never took his brand new Toyota LandCruiser for a test drive. Andrew Backhouse

HE didn't test-drive it. He didn't even see it. And he's not jumping for joy and yelling, "Oh, what a feeling!"

And now a 79-year-old Gladstone resident is ruing the mistake that cost him $70,000.

Eugen Radas admits there's nothing wrong with the Toyota LandCruiser that's just a month old - it just that it doesn't meet his needs.

And the retiree wants to warn other car buyers against making the same costly error.


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The things he doesn't like about the vehicle include lack of elbow and leg room, pocket-activating central locking, its turbocharged engine and that there's no room for a second battery.

He said he's also had two near-misses. .

Mr Radas bought the car from Bill Roberston Toyota on August 5.

"I paid for the car before I saw it and that was my biggest mistake," he said.

"There's not enough room for your elbows in the driver's seat. The central locking also activates in my pocket."

Eugen Radas in his brand new Toyota LandCruiser.
Eugen Radas in his brand new Toyota LandCruiser. Andrew Backhouse

Bill Roberston Toyota dealer principal James Robertson said Mr Radas was happy when he picked up the specially ordered vehicle.

"The vehicle was supplied exactly according to contract that he signed and while he didn't see the exact vehicle he would have been aware what the vehicle was, like other vehicles that he'd seen," he said.

He said the car dealership had made an offer to buy the vehicle back from Mr Radas.

Mr Robertson wouldn't reveal how much the company had offered Mr Radas for the vehicle.

"Most dealers spend enough time with customers to ensure they're happy with their vehicle before they order it and we certainly thought we'd done that in this case," he said.

"If you're not happy with a car then don't take it home."


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