The unforgiving Rolls-Royce resale ban

Max McDee, 10 July 2023

So, you've finally gotten your hands on the all-new, all-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre. You're feeling pretty good about yourself, right? But don't let the euphoria sweep you off your feet just yet. You might want to pump the brakes on those high-roller antics if you've got any dreams of flipping this hotshot vehicle for a cool profit.

At the recent California launch of the Spectre, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos made it clear that anyone who tries to turn a quick profit by selling their Spectre soon after buying it would be put onto the company's blacklist. No more Rollers for you, period. A kind of vehicular version of a one-strike-and-you're-out rule.

The unforgiving Rolls-Royce resale ban

Rolls-Royce, it appears, isn't keen on playing games with its prestigious customer base. The company wants to ensure the just-launched Spectre is appreciated by true connoisseurs of luxury, not seen as a quick profit scheme for opportunistic buyers. Muller-Otvos emphasized, "We are really sanitizing the need to prove who you are, and what you want to do with the car." Just because you have a fat wallet doesn't automatically qualify you for a ride in a Rolls-Royce.

But, like always, there are those who like to skirt the rules, aren't there? Enter Tom Hartley, a supercar dealer who seemingly has no qualms about thumbing his nose at the luxury automaker's restrictions. He's publicly stated he'll pay a whopping $64,000 premium on each of the two Spectres he's agreed to buy from initial purchasers. Does he have a VIP pass to the blacklist express? Only time will tell.

The unforgiving Rolls-Royce resale ban

Mr. Hartley, however, has a point when he says, "I do not think it is fair for car makers to tell customers who have spent close to half a million pounds on a car what they can do with it." But let's face it, is anyone shelling out a small fortune on a Rolls-Royce really worrying about making ends meet? Probably not. The brand is about an experience, an indulgence in opulence, not a practical solution for a cross-town commute.

Muller-Otvos shared that nearly 40% of the new Spectre buyers are newcomers to the brand, which could bring a whole new set of challenges to their velvet-rope customer base approach. Is Rolls-Royce ready for an inevitable shake-up in its demographics? Could their strict no-flip policy eventually create a backlash among their high-end clientele?

The unforgiving Rolls-Royce resale ban

The Rolls-Royce drama continues to unfold like a good old ‘telenovela’. Let's grab some popcorn and watch how this high-octane standoff plays out. But remember, if you're lucky enough to get your mitts on a Roller, you better be ready to hang on to it for the long haul. Don't say we didn't warn you.


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  • Anonym

Lol Easy bro. I wonder if the car is still under warranty after resale

  • Anonymous

>We are really sanitizing the need to prove who you are, and what you want to do with the car. The answer to both of these questions is "None of your f****** business". And I'm sure this arrogant attitude of trying to control wh...



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