Buying a pre-owned BMW
OK, I hope I did not sound too harsh relaying the experiences with some window regulators. But, an independent shop that specializes only in BMW will see weaknesses in certain model / years that the manufacturer does not. It is only because we see the cars at a different time in their life, if you will. So, if you are looking to pick up a pre-owned BMW (even their Certified Pre-Owned BMW’s), we can help. In most cases, we can tell you what our experiences have been with a specific year / model. What the strong points have been and common issues (if we have any), that are out there.
We still believe that a good maintenance history (ask for records), is one of the better ways to help you when it comes time to making that decision on buying a pre-owned BMW. We know that purchasing a well maintained BMW will give you more peace of mind than one that has not been taken care of properly. A thorough pre-purchase check out by a BMW independent specialty shop is also a very good idea. It should give you a baseline on the condition of the BMW and at least help you make an informed decision.
The above advice is for people who have not succumbed readily to “BMW fever”. BMW fever seems to be a condition where someone knows they want a BMW and they want it NOW! They are unusually excited and just have got to have a BMW because of the BMW mystique, reputation, driving experience, colour, or style, the guy who cuts my hair has one, everyone in my neighborhood has one, and hey, my doctor has one (and we know he’s a smart guy!), my girlfriend or boy friend will love me more, etc.,..so I must have one too, NOW. Hand me those keys! Take my wallet!
Slow down, take a deep breath, and make sure you are looking out for your best interests and the best BMW for you. You are gonna love it!