US toddler Sorella Stoute may not be able to say the word ‘car’ yet but that didn’t stop her from buying one on eBay.
Sorella, 14 months old, bought the 1962 Austin Healey Sprite for US$225 using her father’s smartphone through the website’s app.
Her shopping spree wasn’t kept secret for long, however, after Paul Stoute received an email requesting payment for the vehicle.
“I actually thought it was a phishing email — one of those where people try to steal your information, that kind of thing,” he told ABC News.
“I actually looked it up on eBay just to make sure it was legit and sure enough the little one must’ve bought a car.”
While most devices can now be equipped with parental control options to allow children to play with their parent’s gadgets, the seller was sympathetic to Stoute’s plight.
He continued: “I contacted the seller right away to make sure that, if there was any way to be able to get out of it… And he was okay with being able to get out of it.”
Ultimately though the family have decided to keep the old car and present it to Sorella for her 16th birthday.
Her father said: “To say it’s a project is by far an understatement for sure. My dad builds historic muscle cars… so 16 years, or 15 years from now, hopefully it will be ready by that point.”