Pastor Gets Free Car for Calling Off Koran Burning

Terry Jones taking New Jersey dealer up on his offer
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2010 3:54 PM CDT
In this 2003 file photo, car dealer Brad Benson, a former New York Giants center, stands in front of his dealership in South Brunswick, N.J.   (AP Photo, File)
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(Newser) – New Jersey car dealer Brad Benson is known for his slightly eccentric radio ads, so many listeners probably didn't bat an eye when he ran one offering Florida pastor Terry Jones a free car if he called off his planned public burning of the Koran. Jones, however, took the spot seriously: a representative called Benson this week "and said unless I was doing false advertising, they would like to arrange to pick up the car," the dealer tells the AP.

As a result, Jones is about to become the rightful owner of a 2011 Hyundai Accent, which sells for $14,200. Jones says Benson's offer didn't sway his decision to cancel the book-burning—he says he didn't even hear of the offer until weeks after "Burn a Koran Day" was to take place. But he's still holding Benson to his word, and he vowed to donate the car to a charity that helps Muslim women.

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