You never knew your life was missing a 1996 Honda Accord until you watch this ad
If you’ve got an old car to sell, Max Lanman is the guy to sell it. When his fiancé decided to finally part with her 1996 Honda Accord, he made a commercial to help find its new owner – one worthy of driving such a fine piece of machinery.
Lanman’s fiancé, Carrie Hollenbeck, is a “super sentimental person.” He told SFGate that the Honda is the “same car that she drove in high school. It took two years for her to be ready to sell it.” Once she was ready Lanman, a writer and director in LA, decided a 20-year-old car with over 140,000 miles could use some special attention.
“It just dawned on me that it would be funny to make a high end commercial for a crappy car,” he said.
Lanman created the hilarious piece and added it to her car ad listing on eBay. The minute long commercial shows a woman (not Carrie) getting ready in front of a truck mirror (genius), hopping in her sweet ride, petting her cat (yep), pouring herself a cup of coffee, and using a tape deck converter to connect to her iPod (bonus: it comes with the car).
“You. You’re different,” the narrator of the commercial says. “You do things your way. That’s what makes you one of a kind. You don’t need things. You’re happy with who you are. You don’t care about money. You have everything you ever wanted.”
The car, nicknamed “Greenie,” is then shown driving along a scenic cliff-side road overlooking the Pacific ocean. “This is not a car, this is you,” the narrator continues. “It’s a lifestyle. A choice. Your choice.”
Lanman told SFGate the ad was a “a goofy extracurricular,” and that he spent about a year making the video. Once it was finally ready, they posted the YouTube link on Reddit and hoped for the best. Within a few days, Hollenbeck’s Honda, originally posted on eBay with a $499 opening bid, had over 90 bids, the highest sitting at $150,000.
According to Lanman, eBay’s fraud department couldn’t believe the massive amount of money being offered for Greenie and cancelled the auction. Once they realized it was actually legit, they restarted the auction but the couple had to reset their selling price back to $499. Damn you, eBay.
The ad concludes with the woman sitting on the Honda looking out over the ocean, clearly contemplating how awesome she is, and as the commercial wraps, the narrator finishes with, “Luxury is a state of mind.”
There is no doubt Greenie will have a new, loving owner in no time but please read the fine print before making a final decision, the cat and coffee pot do not come with the car.