Lionel Richie was asked to leave a Mercedes dealership after first striking it big, just before picking up six new cars.

The singer and his Commodores bandmates decided to spend their first big paycheck on six brand new luxury motors and Richie went off to purchase them.

"I went down to the Mercedes dealership in Montgomery, Alabama and the guy looked at me and… no one gave me any attention at all – here I am with (an) Afro and bellbottoms," the American Idol judge told Watch What Happens Live.

"No one was looking at me. And finally the guy came over to me and said, 'Son, if you're not gonna buy anything, I'm gonna have to ask you to leave'.

"I said, 'Oh yes, I would like to buy something… I'd like to buy six Mercedes in the following colours'. I dropped the mic."