There's Already A Quarter-Million Dollar Bentley Bentayga At A Salvage Auction

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The Bentley Bentayga has been one of the most anticipated cars of recent years, hugely desired with a price tag (and a world-beating top speed) to match. And yet here’s one up here on salvage and insurance auction site Copart already.

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The car’s down in Miami with no visible signs of damage whatsoever. It still very much looks like the leather-lined bank vault of record-deal luxury that made its debut late last year. It’s not purple, which is a disappointment, but otherwise the car is fresh as can be.

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So with no visual cues of damage, why the hell is this ultra-desirable car in a Copart lot? Was the thing flooded? Did alligators take claim to it? Was it lost in an onership dispute from a botched Art Basel exhibition investigating the flashiness of contemporary luxury goods?

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Nope! As Internet car sleuth Bozi Tatarevic pointed out, it’s a recovered theft vehicle:

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So the Bentley’s problem isn’t that it was suddenly turned undesirable. It was too desirable, got stolen, recovered and ended up in a lot.

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Bidding is currently at $82,500. Now’s your chance to get in on a $200,000 savings.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

DISCUSSION

chrisfurlough
Chris Furlough

OK, someone’s going to have to help me with this one. It’s a total loss because it was stolen, and recovered. NOT in a swamp, but recovered on land.

So, HOW is that a total loss again? I’ve always wondered how a theft recovery was that detrimental to a car’s value.