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YouTuber confronts man ‘vandalizing’ his $3m Bugatti Veyron

Published: 23/Sep/2020 5:21 Updated: 23/Sep/2020 14:29

by Kieran Bicknell

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Despite a number of high-profile YouTubers speaking out about vandalism to their supercars, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Unfortunately, Houston Crosta found this out the hard way with his Bugatti Veyron.

As the owner of rental company Royalty Exotic Cars, Houston Crosta is unfortunately all-too-familiar with people not treating his property with respect. With cars regularly coming back damaged or in a poor state, it’s every petrolhead’s worst nightmare come true.

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Sharing details of one particular customer that destroyed a Dodge Hellcat in his September 20 video, Houston says that this driver was even brave enough to return the car as if nothing untoward had happened.

While doing donuts in the Hellcat, the driver caused the tire to expand outwards due to insane pressure, pushing the rear bumper and quarter panel outwards. Not only that, but they also scratched down the entire rear ¾ of the car due to reckless driving.

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A look at the damage done to the Dodge.

During his monologue direct to the camera Houston spots a careless passer-by potentially vandalising his $3m Mansory Bugatti Veyron. Given that he was describing to his viewers how careless people were with his cars, the situation was ironically perfectly timed.

Panning the camera up to show the situation, a group of people had congregated around Houston’s customised Bugatti Veyron hypercar. This in itself wasn’t the issue, but one of the bystanders took it upon himself to pose for a photograph sat on the carbon fiber hood of the Veyron.

Confronting the mindless individual, the guy realizes that he’s in the wrong and hops off the hood before Crosta gets to him.

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Remaining impressively calm, Crosta says “What the F*** man. This is a $3m car. This hood is $400,000. Nobody [referring to the crowd] has enough money to pay that. It’s very disrespectful, get the f*** off the car!”

The relevant section begins at the 3:10 mark below.

While the line “nobody has enough money to pay that” may seem snobbish, commenters were quick to back and even praise Houston’s reactions. 

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Many said that they would react far worse or that Houston was too kind, though with a business reputation to keep up, it was likely a case of striking a balance between authority and restraint for him in the moment.

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Shmee150 reveals ridiculous cost of insuring his Ford GT

Published: 14/Oct/2020 16:47

by Kieran Bicknell

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YouTuber and supercar collector extraordinaire Shmee150 is known for his incredible garage of exotic cars. In his October 13 video, he reveals some surprising news about the cost of living with his Ford GT supercar.

The Ford GT cost around $500,000 when new, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that the day-to-day maintenance costs would be astronomical too. According to owner Tim (Shmee150) however, they aren’t quite as bad as you expect.

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Given that the GT is build by Ford, its hardly surprising that it is often referred to as a ‘blue-collar supercar.’

Though, with its purchase price of half a million dollars, it’s hardly cheap.

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The Ford GT requires servicing annually, or every 5000 miles.

Being produced by Ford does have its advantages though, as Shmee explains in his video. Supercar ownership costs “vary hugely from one car to the next” according to Tim, and the GT is no exception.

Servicing for the Ford GT is on a very strict schedule of once per year or every 5000 miles. This means that drivers that make use of their GTs risk paying for several services each year, though thankfully the costs are impressively low.

Thanks to being a Ford product, servicing can be done at Ford dealerships rather than requiring specialist garages. Costing “around 500 bucks” per go, it’s a stark contrast to many supercars such as Ferraris and Porsches that run into four-figure prices for each service.

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The Ford GT also comes with an impressive three-year warranty package, and can have a majority of its minor work done at Ford dealerships as per its servicing requirements. This saves on shipping the car to-and-from specialists, which in itself is a costly part of typical supercar ownership.

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As Shmee says, for day-to-day life with the GT “there isn’t actually that much to worry about… because it’s a Ford. Most things [consumables] are quite reasonable.”

Unfortunately, that’s where the cheap ownership of the GT ends. Due to the incredible performance capabilities of the car, specific Michelin tires are required which came at a “heavier price” than Shmee expected.

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Insurance is a big kicker too. Tim admits that this is “by far the biggest cost for the car.” In his first year, he paid a staggering £10,000 ($13,000) for insurance on the GT. The second year wasn’t much better, coming down by £2000 to £8000/year ($10,400.)

So while day-to-day life with the Ford GT is probably much cheaper than many would expect, just getting it insured to drive on the roads costs a monumental amount; At least servicing is cheap!

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