There’s No Such Thing As A ‘Cheap’ Bugatti Veyron

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Even when it’s in a million pieces, a Veyron costs a lot. Putting it back together again takes even more money…and some creative thinking.

You really do get what you pay for. If you skimp on your hotel room during a vacation, don’t expect a five-star experience. Is there a place offering a too-good-to-be-true price on laser vision correction surgery? Use your still-functioning eyes to look for another business that charges a realistic amount and won’t ruin your peepers. If you find someone willing to sell you a Bugatti Veyron for $300,000, know that it’s probably definitely going to have just as many problems.

In this video from VINwiki, Youtube star Freddy “Tavarish” Hernandez breaks down some of them. Remember that Veyron that got driven into Texas’s Gulf Bay several years ago? Since that fateful day, it’s lived a complicated life. At one point, it was taken apart and sitting in a warehouse. VINwiki‘s CEO Ed Bolian approached Hernandez about getting it. Hernandez is no stranger to exotic cars that need a lot of work. He’s turned wrenches on a variety of them, including a fire-ravaged Ferrari F355 and a Bentley Continental GT that led a sordid and tortured existence in Russia. Problems with Buying a Cheap Bugatti Veyron

The Veyron is on a different level for several reasons:

1.) Access. You can get a Haynes manual that will help you put an Acura Integra or Ford Mustang back together. You can’t exactly do that with a $1,000,000 megacar that’s designed to go more than 250 mph. Even if you can afford the parts you need for it, Bugatti isn’t willing to sell them a la carte to those trying to resurrect a Veyron on their own. And the Veyron owners community isn’t like it is for more common cars. As Hernandez puts it, “There’s not a Veyron owners association that you can say, ‘Hey, how do you put these cars back together?'” Problems with Buying a Cheap Bugatti Veyron

2.) Parts. Some shops that customize Veyrons may have certain stock parts they removed from the cars they worked on, but there are some pieces that just can’t be found. It’s not as if Bugatti cranked Veyrons out the way Ford pumps out F-150s. One of those hard-to-find pieces is a wiring diagram. According to Hernandez, he would’ve had to make it from scratch. “You’d basically have to trace back everything. You’d have to look up part numbers” and put months of work into the process.


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3.) Unknowns. Even though the Veyron was disassembled, it still wasn’t completely clear just how damaged it was. If the radiators were trashed, Hernandez could replace them with custom-made units. But if the engine sucked in salt water and died, then the whole project would be prohibitively expensive. Problems with Buying a Cheap Bugatti Veyron

4.) Money. An initial price of $300,000 is high enough. Trying to turn that substantial investment into a driveable car can quickly get a lot more expensive. Even if the car was in pristine condition and had been sitting unused for a few years, just getting it back into what Bugatti deems roadworthy condition would’ve cost $80,000 in wheels and tires, and another $20,000 in service. The Veyron Hernandez discusses here was a long way from pristine and all of its unknown problems could’ve cost a fortune. According to Hernandez, “If something goes wrong on a Veyron, you’re spending a quarter million dollars and that’s a margin of error that’s insurmountable.” Problems with Buying a Cheap Bugatti Veyron

Some optimistic (and slightly crazy) person out there paid the asking price for all of this financially draining frustration. There’s still a chance Hernandez will get his hands on it, though. He has a feeling that that misguided soul will realize what they’ve gotten themselves into, bail, and put the Veyron back on the market in six months.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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