Expensive cars accumulate very expensive maintenance bills, but not everything about them has to empty your wallet of its hard earned cash. One Bugatti owner in Hallandale, Fl. has proven this theory by taking a trip to the local car wash on US1 to get his Veyron sparkling clean.
While some may consider this automotive blasphemy, others - like our penny-pinching Veyron owner - no doubt believe this is a great way to cut down on those ridiculous maintenance fees associated with the $2 million ride. A routine service for the Veyron runs up to around £13,000, which is around $21,000 based on current exchange rates. In the event that you need to replace the specialized rubber on the Veyron, a set will cost you £25,000 ($40,500). Oh, and ’as per Bugatti’s recommendation’, you should change your tires after every 2,500 miles. It’s also common procedure for a car like the Veyron to continuously check for cracks on the wheels of the supercar, a practice that will set you back an extra £7,200 ($11,500). All in all, a year’s worth of maintenance could set owners back about $300,000!
Which brings us back to our $30 car wash guy. This guy is definitely not shelling out $30,000 for his Veyron to get cleaned appropriately, but is having your local car wash rub down your supercar with inexperienced hands a smart move? Probably not.
This poor little record-breaking supercar probably never saw it coming.
If you happened to work at a BMW dealership and had to look at the beautiful 1-Series M Coupe hour upon hour every day, chances are you’d be extremely tempted to extract the keys from their little hook and take the new sports coupe out for a little test drive. Two employees from Pacific BMW in Glendale were unable to resist that temptation, not only taking the new M Coupe for a test drive, but pushing it to its twin-turbocharged 340 HP limit.
Now imagine if you were the excited customer that just purchased their brand new BMW and were then called by the dealership manager to hear the news of the employees’ debacle of a test drive. Pissed? Sure would be, especially because proof of the extreme test drive was delivered to YouTube by the employees who were too pumped up by the experience to realize it would not be a good idea to tape it and splatter it all over the internet. Idiots.
The BMW employees were obviously fired, but Pacific BMW has bigger problems; the BMW 1-Series M Coupe comes with a warning letter from the factory advising against excessive revving and speeding prior to 1,200 miles. Now the customer who purchased the famous 1-Series M Coupe is demanding that $10,000 be refunded to him for the high-speed hijinks, which is the same amount paid over the base price of the 1M . According to the disgruntled customer, the dealership claims that no damage was done to the vehicle and that they would only refund him $2,000. This is the part where lawyers were called to solve the issue. No compromise has been achieved as of yet.
We’re not taking any sides because there’s always multiple sides to every story, but we’d be pretty angry if we found out our $50,000 sports car was pushed to its limits 10 days before we even walked into the dealership to purchase it. Let us know what you guys think in the comments section below. Is a $10,000 refund a fair price for the dealership to pay?
By the way, this video of the test drive contains excessive cursing, so make sure you are old enough to watch it.
With a price tag of more than $340K, the Maybach 57 is definitely a car that will only be driven by some of the richest people in the world. Then again, sometimes some of the richest people in the world shouldn’t be allowed to drive it.
In their latest video, "Otis," rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West have done the unthinkable and destroyed a perfectly good Maybach limousine. No, it wasn’t an accident; these guys did it on purpose. Why? Apparently, they wanted to customize the Maybach for their video. Next time, they should take Otis Redding’s word to heart and Try a Little Tenderness.
Nevertheless, this car is actually getting auctioned off to benefit the East African Drought Disaster, so we hope there are people out there that actually like what these guys have done.
Oh the tragedy! Many Americans may not be too familiar with Katie Price, but over in the UK, Price is widely known for her television appearances, her lackluster singing career, and her published books. With so many hobbies, we can only imagine that this little harlot has plenty of money to spend which is evident in her newest toy, a Bugatti Veyron .
Price laid out £1million - or around $1.6 million at the current exchange rates - on this beautifully fast supercar and plans on ruining it by painting it pink to match her other vehicles. Yeah, she has other pink cars to boast of. A close source to her said: "She will anger petrol-heads worldwide by turning such a beautiful, iconic machine bright pink. But at least it will match her other cars." Just goes to show that money can’t buy taste.
In addition to the high cost of the supercar, it seems Price has also purchased a rather expensive "F1" license plate. The Sun doesn’t say anything about the F1 plate slapped right on the front of the car, but it looks very similar to the license plate auctioned off in 2008 to Afzal Kahn (Kahn Design owner) for £440,000 (about $880,000). We don’t know for sure, but with the amount of money Price throws around, we wouldn’t be surprised.
You could say that the driver of the Ferrari 458 Italia was a little too eager in making his rival Dodge Viper eat his dust. You could even say that his heart was a racing a little and the adrenaline got the better of him. But to start a drag race like this with so many people watching? A little embarrassing, if you ask us.
Watch the video and you’ll see the Italian supercar and the American sports car in a nice and friendly quarter-mile race. Everything looks ready to roll except that when the light turned green, the 458 Italia went backwards. As in reverse. As in ’oops’.
The driver’s brainfart caused him to shift his car’s dual clutch auto transmission into reverse, which would have probably been more understandable if he wasn’t sitting behind the wheel of a 458 Italia.
But a car of that stature to start a drag race in backwards fashion is just well beyond humiliating.
Check out the video and watch the drag race folly at the 0:39 mark.
Despite its ramshackled state, we’re comforted knowing that the destruction of that 911 served a pretty good cause. This Audi R8 , however, was doing nothing except being driven by a complete douchebag who thought that engaging the German police in a gun fight was a good idea.
The scene plays out in Germany where an armed man began opening fire at the police after he was about to be questioned for a domestic dispute incident in his household. After seeing the officers in their patrol cars, the idiot began opening fire on them. In the course of the pursuit, the police managed to pepper the R8 with 37 rounds of bullets, four of which found its mark into the driver.
Despite getting wounded, the driver managed to survive the whole episode where he was eventually arrested for all the trouble he caused. But where the driver escaped with his health intact, for the most part at least, the same cannot be said for the R8 , which looked like it had far better days than this one.
Getting ready for a big party this weekend? There may be some things you need to know before tossing back a few drinks.
Almost 30 people in the U.S. die every day in a car accident that involves a drunk driver. That works out to about one death every 48 minutes. Theoretically, think about how many people have died since your work day began. Even worse, about half of the 181 child passengers who died in a car accident in 2009 perished because of a drunk driver.
Don’t want to think about death? If a drunk driver is caught doing the deed, the consequences aren’t exactly appealing either. We’re talking DUI programs, suspension or loss of license, tons of monetary debt, and even jail time. With every drunk driving incident you accrue, the consequences get even steeper.
Basically, don’t be an irresponsible dimwit. Before you slather on your cologne/perfume and put on your party clothes, take a second to plan your return ride home just in case the liquor’s flowing at the latest hot spot. Get a designated driver, grab some cash for a taxi, or arrange to spend the night if it’s a house party because becoming a statistic just seems like the ultimate buzz kill.
Check back with us soon for the next installment of our Car Infographics series!
It took us a little while to be able to report on this simply because we were laughing so hard when we first saw it. Three thieves in Poland thought it would be a great idea to not only steal a Bugatti Veyron , but a one-off Grand Sport Sang Bleu - you know, the one created to celebrate Bugatti’s centenary in 2009. Oh, and it gets even better. These morons then went on to steal a BMW 7-Series and a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano . Read on because it gets even better still.
After stealing the Veyron in Poland, the trio of hoodlums moved on to Oberrieden, Switzerland where they used the supercar to rob another house before they were pulled over by the police in Germany. That’s right, folks. They stole the car in Poland, robbed a house in Switzerland, and then got pulled over in Germany. Guess the old saying of, "three strikes and you’re out" rings true in this situation.
As a result of these extracurricular activities, the robbers will not only have to spend some time in the slammer, but they will also have to pay a tax bill of $522,000 because the stolen cars were registered in Switzerland. This is the point where everyone should just point and laugh at them.
Nice job, imbeciles. Maybe next time you can steal a greater number of exclusive vehicles and hit that $1 million mark!
The impaired feeling associated with being drunk can lead people to do things they wouldn’t even think of doing under any other circumstances. This video, of course, counts as one of those times.
If it’s not stupid enough to have teens - they probably don’t even have their own license yet - take turns driving your Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder , the drunk owner of this Gallardo decided that it would be an even better idea if he jumped on top of the convertible Gallardo and danced and stomped his way to complete lunacy.
Even the skater teens, who despite taking great laughs at the drunk dude’s expense, seemed a little disturbed about seeing him in his bathrobe and boxers shamefully assaulting his supercar.
And you know what the most insane part was? These kids could have driven away with his car and he still would be dancing and laughing about it. Lesson taken, kids. Drink responsibly unless you want to have your drunken shenanigans uploaded on YouTube.
Teaching kids how to swim is hard enough as it is, but when you try to teach the same thing to a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV , people will automatically assume you’ve lost any semblance of sanity.
Undaunted, Jon Olsson took the proverbial book and threw it out the window at the recent Gumball 3000 run from London to Istanbul. On his way back to his home in Stockholm, Olsson encountered a few obstacles in the way for his prized supercar, none more daunting than a river crossing that required his Murcielago to brave the deep and dirty waters. With nothing in the way of losing all his marbles, Olsson decided that the best way home was going full steam ahead, which is exactly what he did with the Murcielago, driving it straight into the water for what seemed like a wet eternity.
Fortunately, it only lasted a few seconds and the Murcielago LP670-4 was back in dry land in no time. Even better, Olsson managed to make the 3,000-mile drive back to Stockholm with nothing less than clear roads.
We admire his cojones for taking his Murcielago out for a dip in the water, but we seriously advise anybody who’s thinking of doing the same to, well, not. The reward isn’t as great as the potential risk.