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BMW 3 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#829 of 12234 re: bmwwife - 10 year old selling prices
Nov 06, 2003 (12:11 pm)
I did a quick check on ebay of completed sale 1993 3 series BMWs and could not find one that sold for your claimed "more than $8,000" and ebay prices are considered high. Examples: 325is $3,050, 325i $5,000, 318 $5,500, 325i Cabrio $4,000. I could go on .... there were plenty all around these prices. In fact I had to look hard to find a 10 year old 5 series that sold for $8,000. Care to make any other untrue claims.
#831 of 12234 Hey folks!
Nov 06, 2003 (3:42 pm)
This is not the place to compare vehicles and it's not the place to debate resale values.
Please use the search features on the left side of the page to find appropriate discussions.
We have an exclusive purpose here and that is to share prices paid for 3-Series BMWs and experiences in buying them. This is not the right place to get into debates over whether something else is a better value.
If you need help finding an appropriate discussion for your comments, please feel free to email me as always.
#833 of 12234 deleted post
Nov 07, 2003 (6:23 am)
Once again, we are here to discuss the prices folks are paying for these vehicles. Those who have decided not to purchase a 3-Series are invited to place their comments in a more appropriate discussion.
#834 of 12234 thanks pat_host, and bmwwife can't complain i didn't warn her...
Nov 07, 2003 (6:51 am)
#835 of 12234 No New Purchases this week?
Nov 09, 2003 (5:44 am)
I lost out on my bid to a 2003 325i, the car was traded to another dealer? I plan to re-bid Tuesday on a silver/black 325i.
#836 of 12234 sjmurray3..I dont want to say I told you so but..
Nov 09, 2003 (5:53 pm)
In my last post a few days ago I was afraid something like that would happen. It proves that if you really like something and if you are already spending over $30,000, a few hundred dollars is not going to make a difference. I know you were considering other types of cars,but it seems like you're always coming back to the BMW. If you want the siver one then make a bid that's reasonable and the dealer can make a few hundred dollar profit as well. I doubt whether you can get one $2,000 below invoice, or even less than that, as you had offered for the one you wanted. I am a good negotiator and quite frugal when it comes to spending, but I also realize that you have to be reasonable. Just my two cents.
#837 of 12234 Dealership experience
Nov 10, 2003 (8:12 am)
You know, it's too bad that car dealerships can't be more like BMW motorcycle dealerships. I own a BMW bike and there is a big difference in the dealer experience. For one thing, at least for my local dealer, the owner and everyone who works there is a biker and an enthusiast. I haven't bought a new bike in over 5 years, but the owner still knows me and comes over to talk whenever I drop by. And that's another thing -- a m/c dealership is a place where you are able to just drop in and shoot the breeze with the sales people, mechanics, and other riders. There are always other people in the lot "kicking tires" and comparing bikes. It becomes a hang-out as well as a dealership, and you're always made to feel welcome (this pays off for the dealer in sales of accessories and clothing).
So wouldn't it be nice if BMW car dealers were like this? In fact, I think that BMW tried for a while to have some combined car and m/c dealerships, but they generally don't work out because it's hard for a car dealer to understand the expected "culture" of a m/c dealer. Oh well, we can always hope.