BMW paid for with thousands of notes

Staff at a Chinese car dealership spent six hours counting bank notes after a customer paid for a new BMW with banknotes worth about 14 cent each.

BMW paid for with thousands of notes

The bank notes amounting to 100kg were not enough to cover the cost of the car and the rest was paid with a credit card.

Qiong Li, 40, visited the dealership in Zhengzhou, the capital city of central China’s Henan Province, wanting to a buy the BMW 730Li which, in China, costs around €150,000. Li, who works as a wholesaler of foodstuffs, said: ‘I could have taken it to the bank but they would have had to count it there anyway.

“I thought I’d just cut out the middle man and give it direct to the business I was buying the car from.”

The dealership’s manager, Li Moran, 50, said: “I’d seen stories on the news where people bought houses and cars with tens of thousands of coins, but I never thought it would happen here.

“We were more than happy to sell Ms Li the car, of course, so we counted the notes from 9am until 3:30pm. She told us she had counted it herself and she was correct.”

The money filled five boxes. The woman owns a food business, and customers paying with small bills means that over the years she has accumulated tens of thousands of the notes.

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