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Surprise! It’s Extremely Expensive to Maintain a Bugatti Veyron

If you’re looking for a hypercar bargain, then the Bugatti Veyron might prove to be a good deal. That is if you can afford the $1.5 million price tag that the used ones are currently carrying. And if you can afford that, then you can afford to maintain it. But be prepared to shell out a lot of money for that, as we found that maintenance for the fabled Veyron is not cheap.

Not your average supercar

Just to recap on what kind of car we’re talking about, for those not in the know, the Bugatti Veyron is a supercar that came out back in 2005. What sets it apart from just about any other car in automotive history is that it was made to hit a top speed of 267 mph.

In order to achieve such a feat, the car is powered by an 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder engine that utilizes four turbochargers to produce 1,001 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque. All of this tremendous power is channeled through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and put out to all four wheels.

With all that firepower, you can expect to get to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and up to 190 mph in about 13.6 seconds. The MSRP on this car was a cool $1.9 million, which is a fantasy for the 99 percent, but a reality for the fortunate few.

Trust us, you’ll want and need to be a multimillionaire just to keep this car on the road.

Maintenance cost

An oil change for a normal car usually runs anywhere between $50 to a $100 depending on where you get it done. For a typical luxury car, you can expect that to increase to about $250 to maybe even $500 depending on the brand and car.

But for the Bugatti Veyron, the yearly oil change – which includes all of the other fluids to keep this asphalt assassin safe at 250-plus mph – you can expect to pay around $21,000 per year for the service. And that’s whether you drive the car or not.

The high cost is partly due to the fact that the car has 16 drain plugs that well-hidden behind a multitude of body parts. All of which need to be removed just to get to them.

What about tires? Well, you will need to change those every two to three years whether they’re worn out or not. But no worries, they only cost about $38,000. And no, you can’t go to Costco for them, as the Veyron uses special Michelin tires that can withstand speeds over 250 mph.

If you think the tires are expensive, then you’ll have even more fun when it’s time to replace the wheels. Yes, Bugatti recommends changing the actual wheels every 10,000 miles to the tune of $50,000 a set. Apparently, they’re not your standard set of Enkei wheels.

Down and dirty

Those were the routine maintenance items that we found, now for the nitty-gritty. If needed, replacing one of the turbochargers costs $6,400, with labor rates for that coming in at $9,000 to replace two of them.

If a camshaft needs replacing, however, it’s not too bad at the cam itself costs about $800. But don’t look when they hand you the invoice, as labor rates for that job will cost about $21,000.

And lastly, you can get the fuel tanks changed for the small fee of $42,000. But let’s hope that it’s not always necessary.

It doesn’t stop there

Maintenance and repairs aside, in order to fully own a Veyron, you’ll need to insure it. And while rates may vary, you can expect to pay about $3,800 a month.

If your head doesn’t hurt from reading all those numbers, then you can rest easy knowing that your current daily driver doesn’t cost as much to maintain.

So the next time the greasy tech at the local lube shop tells you how it costs for an oil change on your 1999 Toyota Corolla, just smile and tell yourself, “At least it’s not a Veyron.”