In the world of supercar owners, virtually everyone wants to have the best car around. It would have to be the fastest. And sometimes, it would also have to be the most expensive. Clearly, serious supercar collectors don’t care about the price tag. That’s because they are willing to pay any amount to get the car that everyone else wants but can’t necessarily afford. And for most of these supercar owners, their collection would never be complete without a Bugatti (or two).
Bugatti is a French carmaker that boasts of a 110-year history. It hails its beginnings from founder Ettore Bugatti. Born in 1871, Ettore was a man who has always been fascinated by automotive technology. In fact, when he was just 17, he already knew how to fit a tricycle with an engine. Soon, Ettore began placing the engine in the front or rear of other vehicles. Moreover, he started entering his creations in various races. Several years later in 1903, Bugatti came out with its very first race car. The company started with the Type 5 and eventually moved on to the Type 10 and Type 18. With its experience on the racetrack, Bugatti knew it was ready to create a supercar that would appeal to even the most discerning client.
And so, in 2000, the company presented a study of the Veyron 16.4. Meanwhile, the company started production on the Veyron the following year. After this, Bugatti also went on to introduce the world to cars like the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, and the Chiron. As you can imagine, a lot of car collectors wanted to own a Bugatti. However, perhaps not everyone was aware that ownership comes with a lot of limitations. Just to give you an idea, here are 20 things that Bugatti owners can’t do with their cars:
20 You can’t have a look under the hood
For a lot of car enthusiasts, one of the best privileges of owning a car is getting to have a look under its hood. As much as possible, you want to be able to get a closer look at the engine and all of the car’s other mechanical parts. Unfortunately, however, this is something that any Bugatti car owner simply can’t do.
For starters, a Bugatti car technically doesn’t have a hood in the traditional sense. Instead, you only get to take a peek at the power unit because it's installed differently compared to everyday cars. As Jalopnik has noted, “It's the car equivalent of an expensive digital watch.”
19 You can’t make the seats bigger
Sure, every Bugatti car boasts of an absolutely impressive interior. After all, the French carmaker has taken every necessary step to ensure that you get premium quality seats and accessories. Moreover, according to a report from BGR, Bugatti only gets its leather from cows that were raised at specifically high altitudes. This ensures that there are no insect bites to tarnish the quality of the hides.
As you can see, a lot of meticulous planning and craftsmanship goes into creating the perfect Bugatti interior. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a Veyron, Chiron or any other model. However, there is simply no way that the seats can be bigger to fit a larger frame.
18 You can’t accommodate more than two people inside
As you may know, Bugatti is currently known for a number of supercar models and special editions that a customer can choose from. Despite what type of Bugatti car you own, however, there’s no way for you to accommodate more than two people inside the car. That’s because all its models can only handle a driver plus one passenger.
In the future, however, things may change. During an exclusive event back in 2009, Bugatti proudly revealed its four-door sedan concept, the Galibier. Since then, however, there has been no update on its progress. Hence, it is unclear if the concept would eventually make it to the market.
17 You can’t attempt a DIY repair or modification
Sure, you’re a car enthusiast and you like to do some work under the hood from time to time. Moreover, you may also be tempted to make some modifications to the car. However, Bugatti simply doesn’t allow that.
As far as personalizing the car, you are expected to give Bugatti all your preferences before they even start work on your vehicle. As the carmaker had explained, “On request, individual engravings, embroidery or inlaid signets can be added to the car as a personalized finishing touch. Each personally configured Bugatti is utterly unique – the product of a close collaboration between the design team and the customer. The process can take several months. This focus on customers and their wishes is the brand’s core area of expertise.”
16 You can’t refuse to pay for exorbitantly high tax on your car
As you may know, Bugatti cars are among the most expensive that you can ever park in your garage. Because of this, you can expect to be billed a lot in taxes if you expect to keep enjoying your car.
Well, this generally depends on where you live. According to the website Secret Entourage, “Should you live in VA, CA or some other state that steals from its residents using a car property tax, then expect to pay over $50,000 annually just for the right to own your Bugatti.” At the moment, it remains unclear what type of penalties you can incur if you refuse to pay your Bugatti car property tax.
15 You can’t refuse to spend on insurance
Just like any other type of car, it’s always best if you get insurance. Typically, there are several types of insurance available in the market. But if you happen to own a supercar like a Bugatti, it would be crazy not to get comprehensive insurance.
This is to help ensure that you are covered in case anything happens to your car. According to Trusted Choice, insurance for a Bugatti can easily run between $2,000 to $4,000 a month. To compute your actual insurance rate, companies would take into account the car’s current value, purchase price, age, specialized parts, specialized repairs and type of engine.
14 You can’t say no to costly annual detailing on your car
For a lot of cars, annual maintenance typically includes routine services such as changing of certain auto fluids and replacement of brake pads, timing belts, and serpentine belts if necessary. For a Bugatti car, however, owners are also required to have their car undergo annual detailing work.
According to the website Oppo, this mandatory detailing work is said to cost around $10,000. At the moment, however, it is unclear what is included in the service. Perhaps, this is Bugatti’s way of ensuring that the car would look just as good as when it was first delivered to you. In which case, the cost may be worth it.
13 You can’t refuse to pay a lot for labor during maintenance
When it comes to Bugatti cars, it can be argued that some of its parts are not exactly as expensive as you expect them to be.
Just to give you an idea, an Application for Emissions Certification that Bugatti had submitted for the 2014 Veyron revealed that a sensor for the car is only $9. Meanwhile, camshaft adjusters are priced between $700 to $800 per piece. On the other hand, the car’s fuel rails cost around $1,300 per side. Sure, these prices seem generally reasonable, considering that we are talking about a supercar. However, you need to be prepared to pay for the labor that comes with parts replacement. For instance, labor for the fuel rails cost approximately $7,200.
12 Save On Fuel
When you are driving a Bugatti, the last thing you should expect is fuel efficiency. After all, we’re talking about cars that are incredibly powerful, so much so that they can go extremely fast. Hence, it’s going to burn fuel much more quickly than other types of vehicles.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the 2019 Chiron has an estimated efficiency rating of only 9 miles per gallon in the city and 14 miles per gallon on the highway. That results in a combined rating of only 11 miles per gallon. Indeed, you can expect to spend more on fuel if you turn a Bugatti into your daily driver.
11 You can’t use low octane fuel
Just like a lot of other supercars, you definitely can’t put low octane fuel on your Bugatti car. Instead, you have to fill it up with high octane fuel, around 98 octane according to Drive Spark. Based on AAA’s Gas Prices report, the current national average for premium fuel is $3.432.
On the other hand, you must also be prepared to keep refueling your car throughout the day if you are going to drive it fast. As the publication had also explained, “The Chiron is fitted with a 100-litre fuel tank, which at its limited top speed of 420kph empties out in just 9 minutes.”
10 You can’t stop your car from sharing data
For Bugatti, it is incredibly important to know how your car is performing at all times. This is why they keep a constant check of the data that is coming from your car.
According to Bugatti Director of Sales and Operations Hendrik Malinowski, “Our customers have the most demanding requirements for individual support in all areas of their lives. That also applies to their vehicle fleets and automobile collections. In this area too, Bugatti goes one step further than other manufacturers. With our telemetry system, we can provide our customers with assistance in all technical matters related to their Bugatti. At any hour of the day and, if necessary, also of the night.”
9 You can’t refuse inspection if you want a Bugatti seal
For any Bugatti Veyron owner, a Bugatti certified seal is incredibly important. This is because it can help the car maintain a good value even as it ages. According to Bugatti, Bugatti Certified refers to a “programme to ensure that the brand’s high-quality standard is maintained over the long term throughout the entire Veyron fleet, contributing to the appreciation of the cars’ value.” Moreover, the French carmaker explained, “The “Bugatti Certified” seal assures the owners of a Veyron that their car meets the brand’s superlative technical and visual standards.”
To be able to acquire this important seal for your car, you must allow Bugatti to inspect your Veyron rigorously.
8 You can’t just send the car to any technician for maintenance
In case your beloved Bugatti suffers an unexpected breakdown, you can’t just rush it to any car service in your area. Instead, the right thing to do would be to contact your dealer and inform them about what happened as soon as possible.
And if your car badly needs help, Bugatti would be more than happy to send out its team of “flying doctors” to you. According to the carmaker, “Our “flying doctors” will travel anywhere in the world to carry out a service, maintenance or repairs on a Bugatti.” Moreover, Bugatti maintains that it is always determined to deliver “perfect service” to all of its car owners.
7 You can’t refuse pricey oil change
When it comes to a Bugatti car, maintenance can be truly costly. Case in point is the oil change. As you may know, an oil change is necessary because engine oil can breakdown and wear out over time. When this happens, the oil is no longer as effective in lubricating the car’s engine and absorbing the heat.
In the case of a Bugatti car, an oil change is recommended to be performed at least once a year. It doesn’t even matter if you had driven the car around or not. Moreover, multiple reports have claimed that the cost of this preventive maintenance activity is around $20,000 to $21,000.
6 You can’t rush the entire oil change process
If you are quite familiar with the oil change process, you would know that it takes quite a bit of time. In the case of a Bugatti, however, you need to be prepared to wait a lot longer. That’s because the entire activity is an incredibly painstaking process for this car.
As a report from CNBC revealed, “The Veyron uses a dry-sump oiling system with 16 different drain plugs, accessible after intricately removing parts of the underbody, which takes hours. Refilling requires removing the car’s grill, rear fender liners and rear deck including rear brakes, which are bigger than front brakes.” According to Motor Authority, the entire process takes around 27 hours.
5 You can’t just put any type of tires for the cars
When it comes to a Bugatti, you can’t just shop around for a tire replacement. That’s because these cars are using specially made tires that can withstand the stress of driving at 250 miles per hour.
At the very least, this is the case for the Veyron which requires a specific type of Michelin tires. According to How Stuff Works, “In the rear, the tires are 14.4 inches (36.6 cm) wide. Specifically, the tires measure 245/690 R 520 A front and 365/710 R 540 A rear, where 245 and 365 are the width in millimeters (9.5 and 14.4 inches respectively). The rims are 520 mm and 540 mm in diameter (approximately 20 inches).”
4 If you own a Veyron, you can’t just remove its tires
If you happen to own a Veyron and you suddenly get a flat tire, you can’t just attempt to remove the damaged tire and replace them yourself. It doesn’t even matter if you’ve got the spare Michelin tires hanging around in your garage.
According to a report from BGR, a special tool is used to remove the wheel from a Veyron. And unfortunately, this tool can only be found in France. Hence, it seems the car has to be taken overseas just to have a wheel removed. And in case you get a flat tire, you don’t have to freak out as the Veyron tires are capable of running flat for around 125 miles. That allows you to take your car to an accredited service center.
3 You can’t refuse to change your tires every 2,500 miles
For a Bugatti car, a tire change is done more frequently than in other cars. This is to help ensure that the car is able to perform at its best all the time. According to a report from Motor 1, that means you have to get a tire change every 2,500 miles.
On the other hand, it looks like a Chiron is a more practical car to own than a Veyron as far as tires are concerned. This is because Chiron tires are using standard rim geometry and allowing a standard mounting process. That means you can have its tires changed at just about any accredited service center.
2 You can’t refuse to purchase new wheels after the fourth tire change on a Veyron
When it comes to a Bugatti Veyron, it’s not just the tires that need to be changed regularly. In fact, the French carmaker also advises that you change your wheels completely once you reach your fourth tire change.
According to Auto Evolution, “The reason for that is that the tires need to be glued onto the rims so that they don’t slip during hard acceleration spurts. That’s why you can only use the edges three times before you can’t glue anything to them anymore.” In case you’re wondering, a new set of wheels would reportedly set you back by as much as $120,000.
1 You can’t stop a Bugatti from depreciating
Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try, you really can’t stop a car from depreciating in value over time. The same is the case for a Bugatti, whether it’s a Veyron or a Chiron. In fact, according to a report from Hagerty, a 2005 to 2011 Veyron depreciated by as much as 44 percent from its original price tag.
That said, if you own a Bugatti one-off special edition car, it’s possible that you don’t have to worry about depreciation too much. Also, getting a Bugatti certified seal can also help keep the value of your car relatively high for years to come.
Sources - Bugatti, Jalopnik, BGR, Secret Entourage, Trusted Choice, Road and Track & Drive Spark