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Scammer tries to sell YouTuber Alex Choi’s Unicorn Huracan for $1.5m

Published: 24/Jul/2020 16:05

by Alice Hearing

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Supercar influencer Alex Choi has mysteriously discovered that his Lamborghini Huracan is up for sale for more than $1million on a website called Carousell.

20-year-old Alex is a YouTuber and Instagram supercar expert with more than half a million subscribers on YouTube and more than 700k Instagram followers.

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The car in question has been featured heavily on his social media and was first introduced to his followers in April last year. He has previously said that the car “will probably go down in history as being the most controversial Huracan in America”, due to the extreme modification.

It looks as though someone is imitating Alex Choi on the Singapore-based buying and selling platform Carousell, and they have tried to scam someone into handing over $1.5 million for his Unicorn Lamborghini Huracan, a car that has drawn lots of attention from the automotive industry in the past year for the work he has put into it.

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Carousell account tries to sell Alex Choi's Huracan
YouTube: Life of Palos
The user attempted to sell the car for $1.5 million

In extremely unusual circumstances, the seller had a verified sticker, joined the website over a year ago, and has been selling and buying other items.

Commentary YouTuber Life of Palos reached out to Alex who said that the account was entirely fake and that the car is not for sale.

The Carousell platform is popular in Asia, but not in the United States where Alex is from, making it less likely that those looking to buy the car would know whose it was. The Carousell ad also set its location as Singapore.

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Alex Choi has been convincingly imitated on several other social platforms. A fake TikTok account called @alexchoi.cars has amassed more than 21,000 followers.

Alex is not the only supercar influencer to have been the subject of these fake accounts. YouTubers such as The Stradman and DailyDrivenExotics’ Damon Fryer have also been victim to imitators pretending to sell their cars.

While it looks as though the listing has now been removed, this raises further concerns about scams within the automotive community.

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Shmee150 reveals ridiculous cost of insuring his Ford GT

Published: 14/Oct/2020 16:47

by Kieran Bicknell

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YouTuber and supercar collector extraordinaire Shmee150 is known for his incredible garage of exotic cars. In his October 13 video, he reveals some surprising news about the cost of living with his Ford GT supercar.

The Ford GT cost around $500,000 when new, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that the day-to-day maintenance costs would be astronomical too. According to owner Tim (Shmee150) however, they aren’t quite as bad as you expect.

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Given that the GT is build by Ford, its hardly surprising that it is often referred to as a ‘blue-collar supercar.’

Though, with its purchase price of half a million dollars, it’s hardly cheap.

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Shmee 150s Ford GT
YouTube: Shmee150
The Ford GT requires servicing annually, or every 5000 miles.

Being produced by Ford does have its advantages though, as Shmee explains in his video. Supercar ownership costs “vary hugely from one car to the next” according to Tim, and the GT is no exception.

Servicing for the Ford GT is on a very strict schedule of once per year or every 5000 miles. This means that drivers that make use of their GTs risk paying for several services each year, though thankfully the costs are impressively low.

Thanks to being a Ford product, servicing can be done at Ford dealerships rather than requiring specialist garages. Costing “around 500 bucks” per go, it’s a stark contrast to many supercars such as Ferraris and Porsches that run into four-figure prices for each service.

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The Ford GT also comes with an impressive three-year warranty package, and can have a majority of its minor work done at Ford dealerships as per its servicing requirements. This saves on shipping the car to-and-from specialists, which in itself is a costly part of typical supercar ownership.

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As Shmee says, for day-to-day life with the GT “there isn’t actually that much to worry about… because it’s a Ford. Most things [consumables] are quite reasonable.”

Unfortunately, that’s where the cheap ownership of the GT ends. Due to the incredible performance capabilities of the car, specific Michelin tires are required which came at a “heavier price” than Shmee expected.

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Insurance is a big kicker too. Tim admits that this is “by far the biggest cost for the car.” In his first year, he paid a staggering £10,000 ($13,000) for insurance on the GT. The second year wasn’t much better, coming down by £2000 to £8000/year ($10,400.)

So while day-to-day life with the Ford GT is probably much cheaper than many would expect, just getting it insured to drive on the roads costs a monumental amount; At least servicing is cheap!

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