I missed out on a fairly good deal on a 330i after walking away (the dealer's
admin fee doubled to $600 because I wasn't financing through them). Prior
to that, I had BMW check it over themselves, and the car still had about nine
months of factory warranty left on it. They found some minor quibbles,
almost all of which would have been fixed under warranty.
Even though I walked away, I began wondering if it was possible to try to
get BMW to CPO a car they didn't themselves sell me.
I know how exact BMW likes to be when CPO'ing a car, even down to the tire
tread, so I'm sure there might be repairs and inspection and lots of money
to do so, but would they even bother? If possible, how much would it cost?
(I'm ignoring, for now, the obvious questions like "why did the original
owner sell it to a 3rd party in the first place", "was it ever in an
I ask because there actually are a few dealerships around my area that have
had customers trading in their BMWs... I'm guessing because of financial
hardship or whatnot, so they trade down to a cheaper vehicle. I've seen
a few good deals on what appear to be well-maintained 3s.
Ask yourself: how much does an extended warranty to 6 years/100K cost
on the open market? Around $2K or so? You're probably better off just
buying a warranty from someone than trying to get a dealer to do it.
If you have a good dealer, they could look for a car at the auctions for you
and cpo it.
On Aug 14, 7:47 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
BMW CPOs are basically leased cars, turned back into a BMW dealer,
that have gone thru a thorough checklist and any problems are
supposedly fixed before re-sale. Will a dealer do the same inspection
and repair on a 3rd-party BMW? I suppose, if you offer enough money,
the answer is yes!
Interestingly, when I bought my 1990 535i, 5spd, 122K miles way back
in 1995, the seller was located way up in Chico, CA. More than 3 hours
away from me. I had him bring the car into Chico BMW who did a FREE 27-
pt inspection. They found a couple of things wrong that were fairly
minor and well, I still have the car today:) (Of course, I'm seriously
considering trading it in on the Cash-for-Clunker program....:(
Maybe you can find a dealer like Chico BMW?
Alternatively, you could go to BMW's website, download the CPO
checklist and then have a good BMW independent to do the same
inspection. Here's a link to the checklist:
To find a good BMW independent, anywhere on earth, start here:
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