Looking at that many photographs from Dubai with images of abandoned and dusty supercars, one involuntarily wonders – why are they, in fact, snickering or something? Is it really so good with the local wealthy that they allow themselves to just throw away their Lamborghini when they get tired of it, without even bothering with the sale?
Of course not. In fact, the stories behind the appearance of such cars are not very pleasant. And their large concentration in Dubai arose due to the peculiarities of local laws. Here are some simple facts that explain the phenomenon of the “abandoned Dubai car”
Go bankrupt – go to jail!
At the beginning of the 2000s, actively developing Dubai was flooded with a huge number of entrepreneurs, often not the most honest ones. Some have made fortunes, but not everyone survived the 2008 crisis. Even now, in a period of stability, not everyone succeeds in building a successful business, and entrepreneurs regularly go broke.
UAE legislation is designed in such a way that there is no bankruptcy procedure as such. This process is available only to large companies, but not to individual entrepreneurs and, moreover, not to individuals. For them, bankruptcy is practically a “criminal offense” – you either have to pay a huge fine or go to jail.
The owner simply cannot sell his property if he is in debt, even to pay off the debt. Therefore, it is easier for ruined businessmen to leave all this to their own devices and leave the country.
Another reason is accidents. It is sometimes easier for wealthy Arab sheikhs and their sons who crashed their luxury car to buy a new supercar than to bother with repairing and restoring an old one. And driving a broken car for such people in the future is simply not comme il faut.
And even the keys are left
Many ruined car owners, no longer hoping to return, leave notes of apology in their abandoned supercars. In them, they regret that their car has turned into real estate. Sheikhs who crashed the car do the same.
Moreover, often the owners even leave their keys in the ignition. This is done to make it more convenient to load the car onto a tow truck. True, he will not take the car soon – according to the laws of the UAE, vehicles can be evacuated only if it interferes with the passage or passes as evidence. So they stand in parking lots for months.
True, all these “bros” attract various representatives of dubious car services, who are happy to take the car for parts and then sell it on the black market. Or they sell the whole car in general – especially when the keys are in the lock. The local police are actively fighting against such dealers.
Both Honda and Ferrari
Naturally, absolutely any car can be abandoned. These are various second-hand economy class “Japanese”, popular with numerous Dubai migrant workers, and real exclusives.
For example, not so long ago, the Dubai police evacuated a Ferrari Enzo supercar, which costs at least $ 3 million! Everything is trite – the owner was suspected of fraud, and he fled the country. The car was sent to the impoundment site as evidence, its further fate is unknown.
Another example is this BMW M6 abandoned near the Dubai airport. His owner lost his business, took a one-way plane ticket and flew away, leaving his property covered in layers of dust and sand under the scorching sun.
The most common locations for abandoned cars are located in parking lots near the international airport. And if we are talking about crashed supercars, then they are easiest to find in the nearest Dubai suburbs, where the local “golden youth” likes to arrange rides.
Bentley on the cheap
By the way, abandoned cars can be bought quite legally, and not only from “black” dealers. The Dubai police regularly hold open auctions for the sale of such cars, because every year more than 5 thousand of them end up at the impound. At such auctions, you can buy the rarest supercars at very reasonable prices, and all the money raised goes to the city budget.
However, the owner who bought a luxury car for a pittance needs to understand that the condition of all these cars, as a rule, leaves much to be desired. They stood motionless for a very long time under the scorching sun, a lot of dust and sand settled in literally all the cracks – often all the savings from buying such a car are equalized, or even exceeded by the costs of its restoration.
The abandoned Dubai supercars that began to appear in the late 2000s, like the local police on Lamborghini, have become a kind of magnet for tourists, especially those who are not indifferent to automotive technology. After all, in what other part of the world you can safely write with your finger on a luxurious Mercedes “Tanks do not wash”?
So the authorities of the Emirates should, in a sense, say thank you to the unlucky “majors” and fugitive bankrupts for such a peculiar local flavor.