Celebrities often come with many expectations. One of those expectations is that celebrities drive high-end cars, and they generally keep them. However, many celebrities fall short of this expectation. Some celebrities drive lemons, and some lose the high-class cars that they drive.
B-list celebrities have up-and-down careers and often face bankruptcies, car repossession, or just flat going broke. In return, this leads them to drive cars they can’t afford. On the other hand, A-list celebrities are expected to drive only the most expensive cars on the market, but some A-list celebrities drive average or below-average vehicles. After all, celebrities are just humans like the rest of us. Some of them can’t pay their car notes, and some of them drive cars that they can’t afford.
However, some the ones that could afford the high-class cars choose to drive lemons. These A-list celebrities find sentimental value in some low-class cars, or they want to hold onto a piece of their past. Perhaps some B-list celebrities should learn from these A-listers and drive humble cars they can hold onto. The difference, of course, being that A-listers choose to drive these humble lemon cars, and B-listers are forced to drive them after losing a car they can’t afford. Nevertheless, here is a list of B-listers that drive cars they can’t afford and some A-listers that drive lowly and humble cars, also known as lemons.
24 B-Lister: Tyga - Ferrari 458 Italia
Tyga is known as a new-generation rapper and he is also famous for dating Kylie Jenner. The young rapper has a couple of cars that he seemingly cannot afford. One is a Ferrari and the other is a Maybach. Tyga’s Ferrari was repossessed while he was shopping with his famous-for-nothing girlfriend. Additionally, his $2.2 million Maybach was also repossessed, leading to the conclusion that if you can’t afford it, then don’t buy it. The Daily Mail reports that Tyga also missed payments on his mother’s Range Rover, which eventually led to the third repo of his young automobile-purchasing career.
23 B-Lister: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino - Bentley Continental GT
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was a reality TV superstar from MTV’s Jersey Shore. However, he may have gotten a little ahead of himself by purchasing a Bentley. To put things into perspective, the Situation has a net worth of $300,000 and the Bentley has a starting price tag of over $250,000. The Situation definitely could not afford this car. Chicago Now tells us that Mike earned about $5 million from endorsements after Jersey Shore, but the money was clearly spent. The Bentley was repossessed, and the Situation has a new situation on his hands: a tax evasion charge.
22 B-Lister: Sean Kingston - Benz GLC-Class
Sean Kingston became famous for making the song “Beautiful Girls”. He boosted to stardom off the hit and amassed a lightweight fortune—so lightweight that the one-hit wonder had to give up three vehicles. According to Hip Hop Wired, a Benz, a Bentley, and a Lamborghini were all repossessed from Kingston in 2014 when the Jamaican-born singer failed to make payments. Kingston clearly couldn’t afford the threesome and demonstrated a hat-trick in the world of celebrity car repos when his $2 million net worth was not stable enough to afford the three expensive and high-class cars.
21 B-Lister: Lil' Kim - Bentley Continental GT
Lil' Kim was once the queen of hip-hop. She accumulated millions of dollars through her records and endorsements through her affiliation to Bad Boy records. So how exactly could she not afford her Bentley? According to CNBC, Lil' Kim has a lowly net worth of $18 million and has often struggled to pay her mortgage. The Bentley Continental GT was given to Lil' Kim as a gift by Scott Storch. The car was inevitably repossessed when Scott Storch couldn’t make the payments on the revered and coveted supercar. Lil' Kim could definitely not afford this Bentley, as her career has gone down since the early-2000s.
20 B-Lister: Bow Wow - Lamborghini Murcielago
Bow Wow was the first and original child rapper. The child-phenom grabbed the hearts of millions of fans, but only has a net worth of $1.5 million. It was clear that he could not afford his Lamborghini Murcielago when it was repossessed. The Lamborghini Murcielago costs over $350,000—which would be about 25% of his net worth. To add insult to injury, the bank asked for a $25,000 fee when the car was repossessed. This wasn’t the first time that Bow Wow went in over his head for a vehicle. According to Complex Magazine, Bow Wow owed $283,000 on a Ferarri in 2013.
19 B-Lister: Young Buck - BMW X5
Young Buck constantly rapped about making a lot of money, so it’s a little comical that he couldn’t afford his BMW X5. The Nashville-based rapper has a net worth of only $100,000. Baller Status reports that Wells Fargo’s Tennessee division foreclosed on Young Buck’s BMW X5 as the once-respected rapper was $5,000 behind on payments. G-Unit was once on top of the rap world, but things have changed for Young Buck since G-Unit broke up and he disconnected from 50 Cent. Maybe should have G-G-G-Grabbed a more affordable vehicle.
18 B-Lister: Jennifer Williams - Bentley Continental GT
Another reality TV star with another un-affordable Bentley, Jennifer Williams made headlines as a cast member on Basketball Wives and accumulated more riches through ventures in diet, exercise, fashion, and beauty. However, her riches seemed not to be enough to afford her Bentley. Black America Web reports that Jennifer Williams faced a repossession of her white 2006 Bentley after amassing an outstanding balance of $92,000. Granted, the car was an item in the midst of a divorce. However, it is clear that the car demanded more green than Jennifer had, and forced the bank to retrieve the car from her possession.
17 B-Lister: Terrell Owens - Jeep Cherokee
Terrell Owens is perhaps one of the greatest NFL players of all time. The former 49ers wide receiver made over $80 million during his time in the NFL, but reportedly only has a net worth of $100,000. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he couldn’t afford to keep his Jeep Cherokee. According to 1340 The Fan, Owens had a deal with Allen Wranglers. However, after being fired from the company, he was asked to return his Jeep Cherokee. Owens blew nearly all his money from his NFL days, and couldn’t afford to keep a simple car such as a Jeep Cherokee.
16 B-Lister: Diamond - Chevy Camaro
Diamond has been known to spit rhymes for the rap group Crime Mob. She is also known for purchasing un-affordable cars, most notably a bright yellow, new-generation Chevy Camaro. Diamond clearly had trouble paying for the Camaro as it was taken away by the repo man. However, this celebrity car repo was more humiliating than usual. TheYBF reports that the Atlanta-based female rapper’s Chevy Camaro was repossessed during an actual music video shoot, which makes this the most comedic case of a B-Lister celebrity purchasing a car they can’t afford and then losing it.
15 B-Lister: T-Boz - Honda Odyssey
T-Boz was once on top of the world with the hit song “Waterfalls”, so it’s a little surprising that she couldn’t afford her lowly Honda Odyssey. According to TMZ, the repo man came for T-Boz’s Odyssey after she failed to make payments on the Honda minivan. Not only could she not afford the Odyssey, but she was being sued for not making payments. This isn’t the only low point for the former princess of R&B, as she filed paperwork stating that she was broke in 2011. The worst part of all this? T-Boz forgot to fill out the paperwork and lost all protection.
14 B-Lister: 50 Cent - Rolls-Royce Phantom
50 Cent once had hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars, with the keyword being “once”. The New York-born rapper became infamously broke, with details of his lack of income being posted on every news source. Therefore, it’s a little odd that he went out and purchased a Rolls-Royce Phantom in the midst of his financial chaos. The Rolls-Royce Phantom is among the most coveted and adored cars in the supercar industry. Let’s just hope that 50 Cent has a couple more song tracks left in his arsenal to pay off the high-end car. According to Investopedia, he may not be broke anymore.
13 B-Lister: Aaron Carter - BMW M4
Aaron Carter became famous as the brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter. Aaron developed a career of his own, but not a great one. It’s hard to believe he could afford his BMW M4 considering that he once had a net worth of just $8,000, according to Yahoo. The BMW M4 is by no means a regular BMW and is definitely one of the best the car company has to offer. Yahoo also reports that Carter once had debts of up to $3.5 million. Carter really hit rock bottom when he totaled the M4.
12 B-Lister: Joey Lawrence - Mercedes-Benz S 63 Coupe
Do you remember Joey Lawrence? Neither do we. His brief stardom included roles on shows such as Blossom and Brotherly Love. People reports that Joey filed for protection for being broke, so it’s a little strange that he purchased the ultimate Mercedes-Benz, an S 63 Coupe. The S 63 is a top of the line Mercedes-Benz that costs over $100,000 and is not the perfect choice for a bankrupt Joey Lawrence. However, it is said that Joey has reignited his riches, and boasts a $6 million net worth. Let’s see if he can hang onto this magnificent piece of machinery.
11 B-Lister: Tony Braxton - Bentley Bentyaga SUV
Toni Braxton was, at one time, at the top of the R&B Billboard charts. She earned millions of dollars during the 90s but eventually filed for going broke. Maybe a Bentley Bentyaga was not the right choice for a vehicle purchase. According to Hip Hop DX, the rap mogul Birdman purchased the Bentley SUV for Toni when the two were dating. However, within 24 hours, Birdman was sued for non-payments. The case went to court, and Birdman was sued for over $3.3 million. Toni must be more careful with her vehicle purchases, especially since her career has gone downhill.
10 B-Lister: NeNe Leakes - Bentley Continental GT
NeNe Leakes made headlines as a star on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and later went on to play a character on Glee. However, that was apparently not enough for her to afford her Bentley. TV One tells us that NeNe Leakes' Bentley was repossessed while she was at dinner. NeNe has denied these claims, and she may be right, as she reportedly holds a net worth of $14 million. However, as they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Details of the repossession plague the internet, including a description that the car was covered by a sheet that said: “Repossessed By Bentley”.
9 A-Lister: Zac Efron - 1999 Oldsmobile Alero
Zac Efron may be scratching the surface of A-Lister celebrity, but he definitely makes the mark for driving a lemon. The Seventeen Again and Neighbors star has been seen pumping gas in a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero. The Alero has since been discontinued, but Zac definitely has not given up on the third-generation Oldsmobile product. Auto Evolution points out that the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero was Zac Efron’s first car, so it may hold some sentimental value. The first car always hits home with each individual. Either way, he definitely could afford a supercar rather than this lemon.
8 A-Lister: Clint Eastwood - GMC Typhoon
Clint Eastwood is an old-school legend of the big screen. The revered actor is known for his roles in westerns. Well, the GMC Typhoon is about as rugged as it gets. The discontinued GM product is in the garage of the director and star of Gran Torino. Clint does have other cars, but he clearly has a sentimental adoration for this short-lived GMC SUV. According to AutoTrader, Jimmy Fallon asked Clint Eastwood what he drives on a daily basis and Clint confessed that it was the Typhoon. As one of the most successful actors of all time, he could be driving the best of the best.
7 A-Lister: Leonardo DiCaprio - Toyota Prius
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the biggest actors in the world and could afford any car in the world. However, he decides to drive a Prius. The Prius has a starting price tag of $23,770, and Leo has a net worth of $245 million. There may be a reason for his humble car purchase. According to the Guardian, Leo is one of the “World’s Top Climate Change Champions”. With his enthusiasm for the environment, that might explain why he drives a lowly vehicle such as the Prius. He may be trying to help save the world, so this is plausible.
6 A-Lister: Tom Hanks - Scion XB
Tom Hanks is one of the biggest A-list actors of all time. Similar to Leo, Tom is a guru of helping the environment. This superstar of the big screen has amassed an incredible $390 million during his impeccable acting career. However, the question begs to be asked, why the Scion XB? With all the hybrid options out there, Tom definitely could have a snagged a better vehicle that promotes health to the environment. This isn’t the first odd purchase for Tom Hanks. Ecorazzi reports that Tom was one of the first celebrities to buy GM’s EV1.
5 A-Lister: Jennifer Lawrence - Volkswagen EOS
Jennifer Lawrence is perhaps one of the biggest A-list female celebrities out there. The young star boosted to stardom after The Hunger Games. She has a net worth of about $110 million and drives a Volkswagen EOS. According to Pop Sugar, Jennifer kept the Volkswagen even after cashing in on The Hunger Games. Autoevolution reports that Jennifer drives the Volkswagen on a daily basis, which is a good choice for a daily car. She is known for her innocent and natural look, which matches perfectly with her meek vehicle. But with $110 million, we wonder why she doesn’t drive something more unique.
4 A-Lister: Matt Damon - Toyota Prius
Another movie superstar who drives another Prius similar to Leonardo DiCaprio's, Matt Damon has been seen driving around in his hybrid much of the time. The pair were in The Departed together and clearly share the same interests, as they both drive the economical Toyota product. Matt and Leo aren’t the only celebrities to drive a Prius, as many other celebrities drive the Prius as well. Matt Damon’s Prius has become the center of comical attention, as Twitter shows us a famous fan page called “Matt Damon’s Prius”, which is run by a person who bought Matt Damon’s Prius from him.
3 A-Lister: Justin Bieber - Smart Fortwo
Justin Bieber is one of the most famous people in the world. The young man has displayed his talents through his soundtracks and accumulated over $265 million. What does the boy wonder drive? A Smart car. He has almost every car a person could possibly possess, and still drives around in the humble, small vehicle. A video online shows Bieber running away from the paparazzi in his Smart car. The question begs to be asked: did he purchase the small car to evade the paparazzi more easily? Either way, it’s an odd choice for one of the biggest artists of this generation.
2 A-Lister: Britney Spears - Mini Cooper
Britney Spears is among the best female musicians of all-time. The young heartthrob stole the hearts of millions when she released “Baby One More Time”. Since then, she has accumulated over $56 million and she drives a Mini Cooper. The star has been spotted several times by paparazzi in her Mini Cooper. According to Celebrity Cars Blog, Britney’s convertible CLK Benz was “not cutting it for her” and she was discovered driving around in a white convertible Mini Cooper. Britney has never let her fans down, but she may let down some car enthusiasts with this gentle and small car.
1 A-Lister: Mel Gibson - Toyota Cressida
Mel Gibson is one of the biggest actors of all time. The Toyota Cressida is one of the most low-class cars of all time, and Mel Gibson drives one. The car is not only slow, but it is not exactly great on gas mileage, either, as it gets a mere 19 miles per gallon. TMZ reports that Mel Gibson was seen driving around in Malibu in a baby blue, third generation Toyota Cressida. With over $400 million, it is incredible that Mel drives around in this dreaded Toyota product. He could literally afford any high-class car in the world.
Sources: The Daily Mail, TMZ, and Celebrity Cars Blog