All checks are not created equal
In many states across the country as well as European countries, there is a mandated safety inspection of your vehicle. Some of these are as often as yearly.
In California, we have the Smog Check Program which is related solely to emissions. The Smog Check is not a safety check of your vehicle, or of any BMW or MINI that you are considering purchasing. That’s why you should always get not just a BMW specialist mechanical inspection, but also a check out by a reputable body shop of any pre-owned vechicle that you seriously want to purchase.
We know one happy BMW owner, who paid for 3 check-outs on 3 different BMW’s that he was considering. He is now very pleased with the pre-owned BMW that he purchased. Did it take him a while to find the right one? Absolutely! But, he would be the first to tell you, that it was money very well spent.