For those of us (ordinary people) who work hard to pay the bills on time and enjoy some of life’s pleasures – even though they may be expensive – just the thought of abandoning a car at a parking garage is reprehensible. Even the most economical forms of independent transportation are not cheap, and they are essential for everyday life.
Nevertheless, hundreds of cars become abandoned at parking garages worldwide every year, and the problem is growing. According to the Japanese Parking Business Association, in Japan alone, the number of vehicles left by owners is increasing at the rate of 10% to 20% per year.
While most abandoned vehicles are old and have little value, expensive cars have been left by their owners as well. In one Japanese garage, a Maserati worth an estimated 8 million yen (about $75,000) was left behind.
In the United Arab Emirates, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys, Porsches, and even a Honda NSX are just a few of the several thousand luxury supercars left to rot in airports and car parks.
Here are twenty mysterious photos of cars abandoned in parking garages.
20 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
Introduced in 2012, the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster remains one of the fastest roadsters on the road. Powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 690 Bhp, it accelerates from 0-100 km/h in a mere 3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 350 km/h.
This rather sad image of a half a million-dollar raging bull was snapped at an apartment complex parking garage in Dubai where it has remained untouched for over two years.
19 Ferrari 512 Found in Atsugi Central Park
The Ferrari 512 TR and M produced from 1992 to 1996 followed the successful production run of the Testarossa. The 512 TR is equipped with a 4.9-liter longitudinally rear-mounted flat-12 engine that accelerates the car from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 4.80 seconds. Nearly 10,000 cars were manufactured, making the 512 one of the most mass-produced Ferrari models.
Currently valued at about $250,000, the Ferrari 512 TR is not a car most people would abandon at a parking garage.
18 Abandoned Lamborghini
Car financing in Dubai is treated differently than in the U.S. or the rest of the world. According to Sharia law, which is observed throughout most of the Middle East, non-payment of debt is a criminal offense.
No bankruptcy laws exist in the UAE. Therefore, buyers who fail to make their car payments, default on their mortgage, or pay off their credit cards, have no recourse under the law.
Ferraris, Koenigseggs, and Lamborghinis have been abandoned as their owners flee criminal charges brought on by financial crises.
17 Chrysler Crossfire Found in Dubai Garage
Karmann of Germany built the Crossfire for the 2004 to 2008 model years during the period when Chrysler and Daimler were united. Based on the Mercedes-Benz R170 platform, the two-seater sports car shares most of its components with the “vintage" 1998 Mercedes SLK.
This Crossfire was found abandoned in a Dubai garage, with the rear spoiler deployed. The device was designed to pop up automatically at speeds of over 40 mph.
16 Hundreds of Luxury Cars Parked in a Bankrupt Warehouse
In 2012, while Greece discussed the country’s emergency aid, thousands of automobiles, motorcycles, and buses previously auctioned off by the Organization for Public Property Management (ODDY) gathered dust in warehouses throughout Greece.
The government agency was commissioned to auction everything from old sofas discarded from city hall offices to exotic luxury cars confiscated from drug dealers and criminals. However, the cars in the luxury lot were left to rot and unsold due to red tape.
15 Blue Bugatti Veyron Abandoned in Dubai
Pictures of abandoned cars in Dubai on social media, including this Bugatti Veyron, ignited fury among readers. Many assumed that the citizens of Dubai are so wealthy and insensitive to the value of everything they own, they simply discard a car when they’re bored with it and purchase another.
However, the primary reason so many expensive luxury cars were abandoned was due to Dubai’s struggle during the global financial crisis from 2007–2010, along with plunging oil prices.
14 Rare Supercars Abandoned in a Public Parking Garage
An exceptional collection of rare supercars remains hidden in plain sight in an office parking garage. The assortment of cars includes a Lamborghini Aventador SV, Ferrari Testarossa, Chevrolet C2 Corvette, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Ferrari 458 Speciale, two Mustangs, and a Jaguar Project 7, of which there were only 250 units made.
The collection is still valued at close to $5 million, and there is no explanation for why they’re parked in a public garage.
13 1967 Corvette Stingray Convertible
Among the supercars found in a Memphis public parking garage is this classic 1967 Corvette Stingray Convertible in pristine condition. The Stingray was available in ’67 with a 427 cu.-in. V8 that produced 435hp @ 5800 RPM and 460 ft.-lbs. of torque @ 4000 RPM.
In 2017 a ’67 Corvette coupe sold at auction for $675,000.
12 Abandoned Cars in a Robot Parking Garage
Futurists proclaimed Autosafe Skypark in Edinburgh, Scotland, the U.K.'s most technologically advanced car park when it opened, but that didn’t help it succeed. The garage went bankrupt in 2003 and the computer-controlled lifts that raised and lowered cars into their bays shut down.
More than fifteen years later, eight abandoned cars were found; trapped when the garage abruptly closed. Former employees claim they were used as test vehicles for the complex storage system.
11 European Classic Cars in Japanese Abandoned Showroom
A once thriving European Classic Car showroom, ProAuto, became a parking garage full of exotic cars sometime before 2012 when a Google street view car captured the collection. No one seems to know why it closed.
While some of the vehicles collect dust in the abandoned showroom, others remain outside, showing the results of harsher conditions. Two black Lotus Europas sit side-by-side, several Minis, and a BMW Isetta were part of the assembly.
10 Prince Philip’s Royal Daimler Abandoned in a Romanian Car Park
The British Royal family has little patience for cars that don’t function on demand. In 2001, this Royal Daimler was abandoned in a Romanian Car Park when it failed to start for Prince Philip’s royal visit.
According to Daily Mail, no one was interested in taking the malfunctioning car back, and the rightful owner, the British consulate, denies ownership.
9 Bentley Showroom Becomes a Garage
Initially, this Bentley showroom was not a parking garage, but it became one in 2009 during the global financial crisis.
All the inventory inside was left abandoned in an upmarket Dubai locale during the economic slowdown. The dealership’s owner has never returned to reclaim the luxury cars valued at over $200,000 each.
8 BMW Z4 Coupe Parked at the Sandton Gautrain Station
A wheel clamp prevents this abandoned BMW Z4 Coupe gathering dust at the Sandton Gautrain Station from going anywhere.
Registered to Joburg-based Boitumelong Holdings owned by John and Tumelo Sithole, the car was perhaps part of a dispute between father and son. Sithole senior said, “My son used to drive it, but that was long ago,” he said. Asked if he knew what happened to it, he said: “You would have to ask him (Tumelo), I don’t know."
7 Abandoned Cars in Northern Cyprus
In the summer of 1974, the Turkish military ordered Greek Cypriots out of their homes in Varosha, a district of the city of Famagusta. The former residents thought it was only a temporary measure. However, forty-five years have since come and gone, and Varosha remains a ghost town.
Damaged and dusty abandoned cars are evidence of the blight resulting from the Turkish invasion.
6 Dusty Mercedes in Dubai
The city of Dubai faces many problems similar to other big cities around the world, including environmental challenges, high cost of living, and traffic. However, Dubai faces another problem, perhaps unique to this UAE metropolis: a surplus of abandoned luxury cars that has become an epidemic.
According to Gulf News, some 2,000 to 3,000 cars are abandoned every year in Dubai, many of them discarded by their owners in parking garages or outside lots to gather dust in the searing desert heat. This Mercedes is one of them.
5 Jeep Cherokee Left at the Sandton Gautrain Station
A Jeep Cherokee has been parked at the Sandton Gautrain Station garage in the Johannesburg Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa, for over four years. But it is not the only one. A station security guard said there were at least seven other vehicles abandoned in the parking lot. He commented, “One car has been here since 2013. People leave cars here and go away. You find that some are now living overseas.”
4 Ford GT in Public Garage
A Ford GT with the V8 engine is part of the Tennessee car collection that includes some of the world’s most exotic and eclectic vehicles. Many of the cars have occupied the same parking spot for a long time, evidenced by the thick layer of dust covering the bodies.
Others in the collection are in fresher condition, perhaps recently driven or hand-washed.
3 Cadillac CTS Parked in a Garage for a Decade
A Cadillac CTS has been parked in the same spot in a Dubai shopping mall parking garage since 2008.
Gulf News reader Hyder Ali Mirza commented, “We’ve been regular shoppers at this retail outlet due to its close vicinity to our house. Every time we visit the outlet, the car is always there. We are unable to understand what is stopping the authorities from removing this car.”
2 Cars Left at the Huntsville Airport Garage
Public safety officials routinely check for vehicles that have been parked for over six months at the Huntsville airport garage. The tags are run through the National Insurance Crime Bureau database to find out if the vehicle was reported stolen and to verify the owner is not missing or deceased.
A car can be parked (or abandoned) at the airport parking garage for an unlimited amount of time. However, the owner must pay a hefty parking fee to recover the auto.
1 Parking Fee of 28,000 Euro for Nine Years
Once the decision is made to abandon a car in a parking garage, it should be final. The cost to reclaim the vehicle after several years can result in a significant fine.
A Spanish woman faced a €28,000 fee after leaving her car in a parking lot for nine years. For a luxury car, the penalty might have been worth paying, but for her run-of-the-mill vehicle, the payment hardly seems justified.
Sources: thedrive.com, jalopnik.com, cartoq.com, drivetribe.com