When you’re shopping around for a used BMW, you’re probably going to find many available. That’s because BMWs are such finely tuned automobiles that they last for many, many years. One stipulation that some people have when looking for a used vehicle is to avoid high mileage (kilometers).
High kilometers can often mean more repair expenses in the near future. The last thing anyone wants, really, is to purchase a used vehicle and have to bring it to an auto service center every other week to have something else repaired or replaced. With BMWs, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.
It all depends on how well the vehicle was maintained, whether it had the oil changed on it consistently at the proper intervals, whether it was brought in for the Inspection I in Inspection II servicing, and how much the previous owner cared about it.
You should look at a few other factors besides just the high kilometers on it. First, determine whether the person selling the BMW is the original owner. If it has changed hands many times, it can be difficult to accurately determine how well it was cared for.
Second, have an experienced mechanic or auto technician check the vehicle out with you. You may have some experience working on vehicles and know the difference between the fender and the heat shield, but only somebody who is experienced and works with vehicles on a daily basis is going to be able to determine potential issues that can be costly in the near future.
Third, consider conducting a Vehicle Identification Number check online. You can check the vehicle’s VIN number to determine whether it was involved in a major accident or other mishap that required significant bodywork. If it has, and the owner does not disclose that, there may be a lot of other things/issues he or she might be trying to hide.