The Story Behind Abandoned Supercars

A limited edition Ferrari Enzo, multiple Lamborghinis, Porsches and Bentleys are among the several thousand luxury supercars left to rot in airports and parking lots across the United Arab Emirates every year. In fact, some 2,000 to 3,000 supercars are abandoned each year in Dubai. Because there are no bankruptcy laws in UAE, there’s no protection for those who fail to pay their bills. Instead, they are thrown into one of the country’s notorious prisons, which is why they flee the country, leaving their cars to gather dust in the searing desert heat. If there’s one good thing to come of the UAE’s abandoned car epidemic, it’s that car lovers can pick up some phenomenal autos at discount prices. Owners of luxury cars impounded by police have 15 days to claim their vehicle before it’s auctioned off. Cars that aren’t bought remain in place for as long as it takes to sell them. Here in the West, it’s hard to imagine anybody thinking that a person should go to prison for struggling to keep up with their debts, but then you also have to wonder about the destructive impact of a system that makes it so easy for people to get into that much debt in the first place.