Ferrari 'Blacklist': Veto Purchase by Justin Bieber Because of his Behavior
|Justin Bieber is banned by Ferrari from buying its cars|
Ferrari won’t sell its cars to just anyone
Not only do you have to have the cash, but if you want to put a Prancing Horse in your stable, you’ve got to agree to treat it like the special pony it is, and adhere to the brand’s code of ethics.
What happens if you mess around and repaint your Ferrari before auctioning it off, for example? As Justin Bieber is allegedly learning, you get booted from its dealerships.
What does it take to buy a new limited-edition Ferrari?
Money, power, a good relationship with the local dealer? Well, it turns out that it takes all of those things and more, as Ferrari is notoriously picky with who they choose to sell their cars to. A potential buyer of one of the brand's most exclusive models will be vetted for their affiliation to the brand, their public image, and of course their financial ability to buy more Ferraris in the future.
Some celebrities have fallen foul of the company's strict rules around image, some have been banned for going broke and some don't even know why they're not allowed onto the VIP list.
Justin Bieber Behavior
|Justin Bieber banned by Ferrari|
Ferrari decided to ban Justin Bieber from purchasing new cars because of his behavior. While certain things may come to mind regarding Bieber’s behavior because of numerous PR disasters throughout his coming of age, rest assured, the details Ferrari cites are pretty petty!
Ferrari also do not like owners to modify the appearance of their cars and Bieber not only changed the colour of his car, but then auctioned it off
Bieber had the Ferrari 451 as part of his collection in 2015 and the Italian brand asks its buyers to respect certain principles. For example, to take care of the car and maintain appropriate behaviour behind the wheel.
Ferrari did not take kindly to Bieber parking his car, leaving it for two weeks and then forgetting where it was. In fact, it was a member of his own staff who managed to track him down.
The brand also wasn’t cool with how Bieber drove the vehicle, receiving tickets in Miami and Los Angeles for foolish decisions on the road (a.k.a. driving like a jackass). Or how he had it repainted the aforementioned neon-blue (by West Coast Customs) from its original white, and modified. Or how he sold it via auction after the fact, even if that sale was for charity.
Many celebrities to have problems with Ferrari "Blacklist"
|Nicolas Cage and Ferrari Blacklist|
There’s no shortage of stories regarding Ferrari making it difficult for people to buy its iconic cars. Additionally, there’s been plenty of celebrity run-ins with the iconic Italian supercar manufacturer. Perhaps most iconic is the company’s cease and desist letter sent to world-famous DJ and electronic music producer Deadmau5 for parody logos on his nyancat-themed 458. This, though, likely sits just as high in the unbelievable things Ferrari did list. Justin Bieber is no longer allowed to purchase Ferrari vehicles.
Bieber joins the list of other celebrities allegedly banned for life from buying Ferraris, which reportedly includes Nicolas Cage; rapper Tyga; and automotive journalist Chris Harris.
Ferrari is notorious for making it difficult to buy cars. To get higher-end Ferrari models, you have to have already owned different ones. For example, when Ferrari launched the LaFerrari, one had to own north of $10 million in other rare Ferraris like the F40, 288 GTO, and Enzo to be considered eligible for purchasing a LaFerrari. Jay Leno once likened Ferrari’s customer service to a dominatrix.
Of course, Ferrari can only stop Bieber from purchasing brand new cars. He can still buy them used as much as he likes. Though, it wouldn’t be unlike Ferrari to go after whoever sells him a used car.
Now would be an excellent time to really flex that wealth and stick it to Ferrari. Do something like buy an iconic Ferrari like the Enzo or F40 and modify it into oblivion.
Ultimately, this is one of those stories where the headline is a bit of a letdown. You go into it expecting a juicy celebrity story, and all you get is Ferrari being Ferrari as usual. For celebrities actually getting a little crazy behind the wheel, keep scrolling to read about celebrity speeding tickets!
Deadmau5: They sent him a cease-and-desist letter and after some legal wrangling Deadmau5 eventually had to sell the car to a new owner. The whole saga left both parties annoyed and so it's unlikely that Deadmau5 would ever want to buy another Ferrari again even if he was allowed to.
Nicolas Cage: By 2009, he was broke and forced to sell all his properties and cars or face bankruptcy. This meant all of his prized Ferraris had to be auctioned off, which the brand was not pleased with at all. They reportedly banned him from buying a new car for life as they believed this unfortunate episode had hurt their brand.
50 Cent: If there's one way to really rile up a car brand that cares deeply about their image, it's to buy one of their cars and then moan about it online. Rapper 50 Cent's 488 wouldn't start thanks to a dead battery and had to be towed, so he took to Instagram to voice his complaints. He called the car a "f***ing lemon," which presumably left a sour taste in the mouths of Ferrari's PR department. It's unlikely after that little incident that anyone's going to be seeing Fifty with the latest Ferrari again unless he's posing alongside someone else's car.
Tyga: In the past few years, Tyga has become infamous for buying cars and then not paying their leases, leading to at least two of his cars getting repossessed. One of those was a Ferrari 458 Spider, with the company eventually suing him for not paying back the money he owed on the lease.
Chris Harris: Essentially, he accused them of bending the rules to make sure their cars always got top ratings from magazines and publishers. Ferrari hit back and claimed his accusations were false and misleading, and then promptly banned Harris from ever receiving a loaner car or from buying one of their cars new.
Blac Chyna: Ferrari takes a dim view of people who use their cars for attention, and so she's reportedly banned from buying another new Prancing Horse from any dealership. It probably didn't help that the man she allegedly cheated on her boyfriend with went by the nickname "Ferrari", too.
Floyd Mayweather Jr: This is largely down to his tendency to sell cars after just a few months of ownership, as he buys them primarily just to show them off. He's never shown much interest in actually collecting cars, a trait that Ferrari values very highly, and so he's been put on the list with the rest of the "unworthy" celebs.
Kim Kardashian: It's not known whether she is still banned from buying one, as Ferrari would never make a public statement on such a thing and Kim is unlikely to let the world know that she's been rejected by a car company. However, given how strict Ferrari are with their image rules, it's very likely she's still on the blacklist today.
Preston Henn: Despite all that, he was denied a place on the purchase list for the LaFerrari SA Aperta. He took great personal offense at this snub and filed a lawsuit against Ferrari, arguing his reputation as a Ferrari collector had been damaged by the decision. He eventually dropped the lawsuit but died a year later without ever being able to purchase the car.
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