Let me get this straight: Bentley was crazy enough to lease a Continental Flying Spur to former rock star Axl Rose, and they’re surprised when it comes back in less than pristine condition? They’re shocked that the former (or current, depending on the day) front man for Guns ‘n Roses refused to pay for the 42,000 additional miles he racked up? They’re concerned about the cracked windshield, bent wheels, broken taillight, bumper damage, dents and missing key? Frankly, I’m surprise (and a bit disappointed) that Rose returned the car at all.
Rock stars like Keith Moon or Keith Richards just don’t exist anymore, apparently. First, neither Keith would have leased a car; instead, they would have turned up in the showroom with a bag full of cash, fueled by cocaine and accompanied by a pack of half-naked groupies, demanding the most expensive car on the lot. They never would have racked up excessive mileage, since the car would have ended up at the bottom of a hotel swimming pool (or in a hotel suite, driven through the wall) within a few months. Rock stars, it would appear, no longer party like they did 30 years ago.
I wish Bentley all the luck in the world with pursuing damages against Mr. Rose, but I suspect they’ll soon find out the man is tapped for cash and more than a littel over-extended. Autoevolution had the right idea: just put the car up for sale on eBay, list Rose as the former owner, and set the “Buy It Now” price high enough to cover the car’s value plus damages. It’ll sell in a few days, and everyone walks away happy.