You want a BMW. That’s great. There are few other vehicles in the world that can even match BMW for its craftsmanship, performance, or safety. One issue that can arise because of the high quality is price.
Most people are readily aware that when they purchase a brand-new vehicle, the moment they drive it off the dealership lot it’s going to be worth several thousand dollars less than what they paid for it. If you are financing your vehicle purchase, that means that you could be paying high interest rates for thousands of dollars that you’ve lost immediately.
This is one reason why people have a tendency to look at used vehicles rather than new ones. Yet you want to have a quality BMW at the right price. As such, you will be facing a question about whether to purchase new or used.
Many quality BMW dealerships will offer ‘certified’ BMW’s that are used. These could be less than one-year-old, one-year-old, two years old, and even three or four years old. They won’t often carry vehicles that are much older than that. Having a ‘certified’ BMW will mean different things to different dealerships, but for the most part they mean the vehicle has been inspected by their auto service technicians and is considered to be in excellent condition.
Focusing on a BMW that has lower kilometers on it is a great asset. Not only will this mean the BMW was broken in, it also means that even if the previous owner didn’t take good care of it and get the Inspection I or Inspection II service or change the oil as regularly as he should, it will not have caused a lot of damage to it.
If you’re looking at a BMW that is five years old or older, you’re probably going to be looking through private party purchases or a second rate used car dealer. At that point, you’re going to get one that has higher kilometers, potentially more damage, and that could mean more problems.
Which one you choose is up to you, but you could do a lot worse than a certified used BMW. If you choose a used BMW, even from a dealer, bring it to an authorized BMW service center that is not associated with the dealership to have it properly inspected right away to make sure you got the deal you were told.