‘World’s biggest’ supercar graveyard where drivers dump £170k cars in desert

Imagine, dear Daily Star reader, that you were wealthy enough to own a ridiculously-priced super car.

Now imagine that the car was a little bit past its sell-by date, or had some kind of damage on it, as happens with every car.

Most people in that situation would either have it repaired or sell it on as second hand – but not if you live in Dubai, the land of the uber-wealthy.

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The most populated city in the United Arab Emirates, and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, the city has several supercar scrap heaps.

And in them you'll find masses of Lamborghinis worth more than £170,000 or top of the range BMWs, Ferraris, Audis and Aston Martins.

Most of them have been seized having been found abandoned, or were taken by the courts because the owners were in debt.

But while in the UK a scrapyard such as this would contain Renaults, Citroens and Nissans, in the city where money is no object the vast areas contain cars worth more than the average UK property.

And shockingly, according to some local reports, some of the extravagant cars are dumped there because their owners just couldn't be bothered to sell them on when they bought a new one.

If this happens, and it is found randomly on a street with no previous owner in sight, one is tracked down and 15 days notice is given by government officials before it ends up on the heap – which more often than not, it does.

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Most of the scrapyards are located in the area of Dubai known as Industrial City.

One, called Copart UAE Auctions, can be seen on Google Maps with row upon row of cars waiting to either be sold at auction or scrapped for parts.

Another called Scrap Any Car, which was once featured on Top Gear, has piles and piles of cars, one on top of the other, ranging from Volkswagens to top of the range Mercedes.

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Most of the ones in that scrapyard are repaired and sold on – with even local police forces investing in the snazzy cars.

According to Gulf News, somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 cars are left either abandoned or taken to scrapyards every year – and most of those are super cars.

Shockingly, due to the strict Sharia Law in Dubai, anyone unable to pay debts off can not declare bankruptcy – they have their items seized and are immediately sent to prison.

The cars are then sent to auction or scrapped and sold for parts to pay the debt.

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Only once the debt is paid can a person be released from prison.

This is how many of the cars end up in the hands of police, as they are deemed to be property of the Dubai government and, depending on condition and make, end up being converted into very extravagant police cars.

Cleary, the cost-of-living crisis hasn't hit every part of the world . . .

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