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AlexJ
6th March 2007, 21:54
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/surrey/6422215.stm

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42647000/jpg/_42647261_bugattifront2_416.jpg

Ouch, that's gonna be costly.

Harrison
6th March 2007, 23:40
That nearly made me cry! The Veyron is definitely one of my favourite cars and so rare too. Seeing one damaged like that is a crime. The owner should be shot for doing that to such a great car. Not to sure about the colour scheme though.


I wonder if it can be repaired? :unsure: After all, all the important bits of the car are in the rear.

Demon Cleaner
7th March 2007, 05:02
A guy who is able to purchase such a car, doesn't have problems buying another one, or letting it repair (if it's possible). But it does hurt, that's sure.

Harrison
7th March 2007, 10:42
I doubt they could buy another one considering only a few were produced and the waiting list was very long.

J T
7th March 2007, 11:01
That nearly made me cry! The Veyron is definitely one of my favourite cars and so rare too. Seeing one damaged like that is a crime. The owner should be shot for doing that to such a great car. Not to sure about the colour scheme though.


I wonder if it can be repaired? :unsure: After all, all the important bits of the car are in the rear.

The front is a bit mangled but it all looks like body work. from the way the wheel is positioned it doesn't look like there's been much damage to the chassis proper or the suspension/steering but it's hard to tell from a photo (and not being a mechanic :ninja: ).

With such a rare car even getting hold of replacement body panels could be an issue. What a shame, such a great motor. As someone elsewhere put it - crashing into an Astra is too normal for a car like that, if you're gonna total one do it by crashing into a great white shark or something less mundane.

Harrison
7th March 2007, 11:15
I thought exactly the same. An Astra has to be one of the most boring generic cars on the road (unless you count the Ford Escort or Focus), but that could equally be why it got in the way of the Veyron!

AlexJ
7th March 2007, 12:04
Do Bugatti even have replacement parts for it? I'd imagine they'd have to be specially made, and more stuff would have to be replaced than that which is broken to be sure hairline cracks won't appear and break at high speed.

Also the car costs 5 million to build but VW build them at a loss to keep the cost down to 840,000. It's likely they won't subsidise the repair parts and the repair could well be more costly than the car new. The insurance company would therefore declare it a write-off.

Harrison
7th March 2007, 12:11
That is a good point, although I expect the insurance on such a car would be something very special. Imagine the premium on a car worth 840,000!!! Also it is unlikely that like a normal car it actually depreciates. It is more likely to gain in value each year.

It is however true that these cars were made at a huge manufacturing loss because it was more a project to prove it could be done, rather than to return a profit. Unsure how the repair costs would be undertaken in such a car. Probably would be some special agreement directly with the makers to repair it. Plus if you could afford the car, I expect you could afford repairs to it.

AlexJ
7th March 2007, 14:24
I remember them saying to service the car, you have to get an engineer flown over from Bugatti who would then service it at a Bentley dealer (Bentley and Bugatti are both owned by the Volkswagen Audi Group).

Submeg
7th March 2007, 20:02
Looks like he'll be buying a new one...

J T
9th March 2007, 08:57
I read somewhere else that they are actually (relatively) easy to repair - something alon the lines of being built with a race-car like ethos it is structually very strong indeed and the panels are designed to be changed fairly easily.

Still, damaging a car like that is almost a crime.