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The Bugatti is the most expensive car in the world. It also is one of the fastest and features technology not seen in other super cars. Everything from the tires to the interior leather is custom-designed for Bugatti.

Naturally, these prized vehicles come with a stratospheric price tag. Know what you can expect to shell out to own one of these coveted sports cars.

Ordering a Bugatti

You can’t just drive to a local Bugatti dealership and choose the one you want. In fact, Bugatti dealerships are scarce. Only a few hundred cars of each model are released each year — fewer for special editions — and each Bugatti is one of a kind. Buyers must put down a deposit of $350,000 to $450,000 just to place an order.

Eye-popping price

Bugattis are manufactured in France. The shipment will set you back another $40,000. Before taking ownership of the car, you must pay the remaining balance.

The Bugatti Veyron base model costs $1.7 million. The Bugatti Chiron has a base price of $2.6 million. These prices rise significantly as owners add customizations and options.

No ordinary oil change

While most people can take their cars in for an oil change on a lunch break, that is not the case with a Bugatti. Because of the design of the vehicle, there is no way to access the oil filter and drain plug without having to almost completely dismantle the engine.

For this reason, owners can expect to spend at least $20,000 on an oil change and be without the car for at least several days. New Bugatti owners can opt for a maintenance plan for an additional $50,000 that covers all regular maintenance for three years.

Tire costs that make heads spin

Michelin manufactures special tires just for Bugatti, and a set of new ones will cost you between $30,000 and $40,000. The rims have to be replaced every fourth tire change. That will cost you an additional $120,000.

If you need an auto loan to buy a Bugatti, you probably can’t afford it.

Unblemished leather

Bugatti is unique in that each car is manufactured by hand by just two technicians, using top-grade materials. These vehicles are not made on assembly lines using machines.

The leather used for the interiors comes from cows raised in altitudes high enough to prevent mosquito bites and bee stings that could blemish their hides. Keeping the interior in pristine condition is a top priority for Bugatti owners, which is why many spend at least $10,000 a year for detailing.

Bugatti depreciation

Bugattis are not a good choice for people looking to make an investment. Unlike other rare cars, Bugattis depreciate in value rather than appreciate as time goes on.

Even if the car has only a couple hundred miles on it, it will lose between $600,000 and $1.1 million in the first couple of years.

Conclusion

Bugattis are among the most highly cherished cars available. They are reserved for the richest of the rich.

Owners can expect to spend several hundred thousand dollars in maintenance costs to keep these beauties in top shape. That’s the price you pay if you want heads to turn whenever you drive by.

Check out the features and specs of a 2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4.

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