A man in China walked into a car dealership and bought a brand new car, paying full price for the vehicle using coins and only a few smaller bank notes.
Mr. Gan hauled his payment, which weighed at least four tons, to a car dealer in Shenyang. About 10 employees went through 1,320 bundles of coins, which were wrapped in brown paper and placed in a pile that stood over 12 feet tall. They counted and filtered the coins for several hours until they emptied Gan's truck, according to Shanghaiist.
The buyer used the money to pay for an SUV that cost $109,700 (680,000 yuan). He paid $106,480 (660,000 yuan) in coins and the rest of his balance using small bank notes.
Gan said that he saved the money over the years. But because he works at a gas station, he would mostly receive payments in coins and small denominations. "As our station is in the suburbs, there are very few banks. So we didn't deposit the coins and decided to use them to buy a car for our company," he said, according to the BBC.
To be considerate, Gan told the car dealership about his method of payment ahead of time. He expected to be turned away, but the store gladly accepted it and prepared for his arrival with weighing scales and a full-service staff, according to News Corp Australia.
The Chinese media reported that this is not an unusual incident. There was a man in Fujian that paid for his apartment down payment using 100,000 coins, and a woman in Zhengzhou paid for a BMW in a manner similar to Gan, according to World Car Fans.