No one in their right mind would turn down a Bugatti. For pure bragging rights alone, the car offers an unparalleled exclusivity in the auto world. They are some of the priciest performance cars on the planet and there’s only a few to go around.
How expensive and exclusive are we talking about? Look no further than the Chiron model, which back in 2017, reports The Verge, made Bugatti $650 million in preorders alone. That means no one took the car for a test drive, read reviews about it or even thought twice before laying down their hard-earned money to reserve one.
If we really examine the French automaker though, the high price to pay (literally) of owning one extends much deeper than money. This brand, like Ferrari and Lamborghini, has rules its owners need to follow as well. Don’t forget to check out rules Ferrari owners must follow and guidelines Lamborghini owners must follow.
There’s a cost for owning a high-performance supercar that affects not just the bank account, but the owner's lifestyle. While owning a rare car like a Bugatti sounds appealing on the surface, it can also be invasive to one’s privacy (as we’ll cover below).
Before owners even get the car though, employees have to follow strict protocols to ensure the car meets the company's high standards of engineering. While many of Bugatti's employees don’t get the pleasure of owning one themselves, they have to ensure it meets expectations in quality.
We’re going to cover all the demanding rules Bugatti owners must follow to own one, and all that the employees have to do to if they want to remain in the automaker's good graces.
20 Owners: Have To Be Willing To Spend $21,000 Annually On Maintenance
If owners thought the initial cost of owning a Bugatti was a one and done situation, they’ll soon discover an unpleasant truth down the road: maintenance bills. As if spending millions of dollars wasn’t enough, Bugatti owners have to spend thousands of more dollars annually just to maintain their high-performing vehicles.
According to Secret Entourage, owners can expect to spend around $21,000 every year just to keep their Bugatti and all its complex parts in working order. Otherwise, if they aren’t willing to commit to these long-term payments, there’d be no point to owning the car in the first place.
19 Owners: Tires Cost $33,000 Every 2,500 miles
The millions of dollars owners pay for a Bugatti up front are just a taste of the payments to come. Granted, they are much smaller payments owners make over time that are worth it but is still a rule they have to follow. The site Secret Entourage breaks down the additional costs Bugatti owners get bogged down by over the course of the car's lifespan.
The tires alone—which tend to cost average drivers a mere $400 to $800 every once in a while—end up costing Bugatti owners $33,000. That’s not the worst part though. They further note that the Bugatti needs a new set every 2,500 miles!
18 Owners: Need To Buy New Wheels Every 10,000 Miles
We already covered earlier how much tires cost and how often Bugatti owners need to replace them. That’s not all that needs changing though, as the wheels need regular replacements too. According to the site Secret Entourage, wheels cost $50,000 or more and owners will need to change them every 10,000 miles.
Hopefully, Bugatti owners aren’t racking up too many miles too fast, as it should take several years before reaching that milestone. Yet it’s still a lucrative rule owners have to live by if they want to not only own a Bugatti but keep it for the long run.
17 Owners: Have To Pay Costly Property Taxes If You Live In Virginia Or California
When one takes into account all the money that goes into a Bugatti, the numbers are jarring. There’s the regular maintenance, the wheels and tires—let’s not forget the initial cost of millions just to own one! There’s still another major expense to add on top of it all though. Secret Entourage reports that certain states, such as Virginia and California, slap a property tax on Bugatti owners.
If owners decide to live in these two states, they’ll have to pay a property tax of up to $50,000 every year. That’s a rule that’ll have Virginians and Californians considering a move out of state.
16 Owners: Have To Sacrifice Privacy
The idea worries some that Bugatti keeps tabs on their cars remotely from their headquarters. Owning a Bugatti can even seem like an invasion of owners’ privacy. Motor Authority notes that there are 10,000 signals Bugatti technicians are able to track from afar, which are all tied to key parts and components throughout the car.
They even receive data in real-time, so they’re always privy to information owners may not like Bugatti knowing. This is one of those make or break rules for owners, who can’t imagine giving up their privacy to own a car, whether it's a coveted supercar or not.
15 Owners: Buy Multiple Bugattis—Like Floyd Mayweather Jr.
This rule is less severe compared to the others, but it’s one Bugatti owners should take seriously if they want to stand out from the rest. While owning a Bugatti might seem like the pinnacle for car enthusiasts, it isn’t enough. This day and age, the status quo for Bugatti owners are not owning one, but multiple models.
Look no further than undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who at one time owned several. He did, however, end up selling off a pair of Bugatti Veyrons, according to Art of Gears, back in 2018. Maybe his last “fight” with Tenshin Nasukawa didn’t have a big enough payday.
14 Owners: Share Telemetry Data With Bugatti That’s Transmitted From The Car
Businesses and websites ask for feedback all the time. We aren’t always willing to give it, but Bugatti is a different matter. According to Motor Authority, telemetry data from Bugatti cars are automatically sent back to their headquarters so they can monitor the car.
When owners get their Bugattis, they aren’t thinking about rules they have to follow, like agreeing to have data transmitted back to Bugatti's headquarters. That’s exactly what owners need to adhere to though if they want one. It’s one of the blessings or curses—depending on who you ask—of owning one of the most exclusive cars in the world, which allows the brand to keep tabs.
13 Owners: Answer Their Calls If They Detect An Issue With The Car
Earlier we detailed the telemetry data Bugatti cars send back to the automaker’s headquarters in France. The reason technicians track each car’s data and watch specific parts of the car—from deflated tires to engine issues—is so they can detect any problems.
Motor Authority reports that someone watching the car’s activity is always a phone call away to address any of the owner's challenges while driving. When an owner gets a call from Bugatti, it’s important they answer the call and comply with any solutions Bugatti offers them. To ignore or decline their calls would be a rule-breaker the automaker wouldn’t look too fondly on.
12 Owners: Host a Mechanic From Bugatti Who Will Fix The Car
Bugatti goes above and beyond when it comes to servicing their cars over the course of ownership. It’s a two-way street though that relies on the owner to work with the automaker, even if it seems inconvenient. As noted earlier, Bugatti will make sure everything checks out on their end based on data the Bugatti transmits remotely. If they notice something’s up though, they may have to send out a “flying doctor” who’ll hop on a plane and come out to diagnose and possibly even service the issue.
If a Bugatti ever needs servicing, which is likely considering the wear and tear the car goes through, then an owner has to host that mechanic to fix the issue.
11 Owners: Have To Shell Out Millions Of Dollars To Own One
It’s a well-known obligation that in order to own a Bugatti, owners have to give up a large chunk of their wealth. These cars cater to the very top of the food chain, with prices on the Chiron model starting—according to Car and Driver—at $2,998,000.
That rules out the majority of the world from enjoying this one-of-a-kind supercar. It also firmly establishes the rule: if you don't have the money, you don't get the Bugatti. The only way around it is by stealing or using counterfeit money to purchase one, which we can’t condone. It’s a rule there’s no way around.
10 Employees: They Call-In “Real Champions” To Test Drive Cars
One of the coolest jobs on the planet has to be a Bugatti test driver. In a YouTube video posted by the automaker, Andy Wallace—who holds one of these lucky positions—recruited a famous athlete to test drive Bugattis before handing them over to new owners.
“Before we hand this here on over to our customers, it should be tested and approved by a champion,” said Wallace as Cristiano Ronaldo examined the exterior of a silver Bugatti. Not all work is business over at Bugatti, as one of the rules includes bringing in a major Football star to make sure their cars are up to standard.
9 Employees: Help Customers Transport Their Cars Around The Globe, Even While Vacationing
Bugatti doesn’t just take care of their customers up to the transaction, when the bank account clears and the car transfers over, but long after. Let’s say a Bugatti owner goes on a trip overseas, plans to go vacationing for a month, but wishes they could take their Bugatti with them.
It’s not a problem, Bugatti and its employees will take care of it. The Daily Mail reports that owners can have their cars shipped anywhere to work around their trips, essentially going with them wherever they go. Employees may find it posh, but they need to make these arrangements if they want Bugatti to pay their bills.
8 Employees: Deliver Keys Personally No Matter What Country They Live In
Bugatti employees have to be willing to do some traveling. Whether they’re a mechanic who will go out to service a car, or a salesperson meeting customers at their homes, the job entails globe-trotting. They even have to personally “hand-deliver” new rides to customers.
According to The Daily Mail, a Bugatti saleswoman named Anita Krizsan actually hands customers their keys in person when they get their car. It’s a personal and professional touch that matches the same level of quality their cars embody. If someone has a problem taking a plane ride just to deliver some keys, then Bugatti won’t offer them a second interview.
7 Employees: Must Be Available 24/7 For Customers’ Needs
Bugatti employees have to be available for their customers at any time. Whether it’s a technician looking at data about a Bugatti’s transmission overseas, or a salesman who’s always on call, these employees have to work 24/7.
In an article by The Daily Mail, a Bugatti saleswoman named Anita Krizsan says she works 24 hours a day to deal with the automaker's VIP customers. It takes sacrifices to be a Bugatti employee, such as giving up a good night’s rest. In a way, considering the amount of money owners pay Bugatti, it makes sense to get this kind of service long after the sale is final.
6 Employees: Have To Monitor Customers’ Cars Remotely
On the one side owners have to let Bugatti employees track their vehicle’s status; on the other, employees have to constantly monitor those results. In a way, they’re responsible for keeping the vehicles in tip-top shape from afar, even though they’ve already handed over the keys to lucky owners around the world. More than likely, they’re scoping out the data to look for issues.
If they approach their job with this mindset, they’re more apt to find something wrong before it ends up being costly or irreparable. Sifting through all that data to ensure customers are getting the most out of their vehicles is a rule they have to follow.
5 Employees: Have To Reach Out To Owners If There’s A Problem
Should an employee ever find an issue with a customer’s car, they can’t sit idly by. They have to act immediately to solve the problem. That could entail, as Motor Authority notes, contacting the owner directly. In some cases, they might detect a problem that could not only cost them their jobs but also put the owner in harm’s way.
Working fast to rectify the issue is one of the top rules Bugatti's employees have to consider when performing their jobs. This is an automaker that knows its customers want to push these high-performance cars to the limit, so it requires the employees to be something of a guardian angel to owners.
4 Employees: Have To Put Cars Through Rigorous Testing Before Delivery
How does an automaker achieve such a high level of engineering? It may not sound glamorous, but they test test test. According to The Verge, Bugatti has its employees conduct a series of thorough tests. First, they test the engine outside the car for a whopping eight hours, which is the entire duration of a standard work shift. Then they put the engine in the car and run it up to 124 mph on a rolling road.
This all takes place within Bugatti’s factory. That gives a sense of how much testing they put these cars go through and that’s just the engine! Employees can’t cut corners and have to follow these rules repeatedly.
3 Employees: Make Software Updates To Customers’ Cars
As technology advances, cars will continue to be the recipients of change. Many of these leaps improve the driving experience and make drivers’ lives more convenient. As Motor Authority points out, many Bugatti employees can watch customers’ cars remotely. Not only are they looking at data transmitted from the car itself but have a network connection with these pieces of machinery.
That means they’re making regular updates to the cars’ software when needed. If they don’t implement these updates when they become available, it could potentially lead to an adverse driving experience. If employees want to keep their jobs at Bugatti, they better be on top of these software updates.
2 Employees: Have To Get Permission To Spy On Customers’ Vehicles
Employees at Bugatti have a strict rule they need to follow before looking at an owner’s car and the data it sends. According to Motor Authority, they need to be sure and ask owners for permission before taking these steps. If they don’t, they might jeopardize the owner’s trust in the brand. Once they get the go-ahead from owners, they can start tapping into the car’s data.
When owners entrust Bugatti with this information, the employees act on a need-to-know basis. They consider the data to be personal and only let, as the same source points out, a limited number of people to see it.
1 Employees: Have To Embody A “Personal Concierge Service”
Bugatti isn’t a cold and distant automaker that forgets to ask prospective buyers if they’d like to take a seat, forgets to offer a bottle of water and sports a phony smile. They’re professional from top to bottom, which is integral to the brand’s philosophy. A sales exec at Bugatti named Hendrik Malinowski, as per Motor Authority, strives for the company to be like a concierge service one would experience at a high-end hotel.
More a bellhop than a used car salesman, the brand gives its owners professional treatment even after they've gone home with the car. That’s how they hope to come across with their ability to diagnose issues from afar.
Sources: The Verge, Art of Gears, Motor Authority, Car and Driver, Secret Entourage, The Daily Mail, YouTube