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#722 of 762 Certified Preowned if Sold to 2nd dealer??
Sep 09, 2011 (6:01 pm)
I am consdering at 2009 that is at a local toyota dealership. When looking up on the VIN on car max I found that the following
one person owned it then ....
- it was offered for sale by a nearby BMW dealership as a certified PreOwned BMW.
-then 5 days later it was sold at auction (Listed as a dealer vehicle Sold at auction)
The Toyota dealership registered it after the auction so they obviously got it there. My question is, is it still a Certified Pre Owned BMW? It's not listed as such, but if it was certified as preowned then sold to another dealership wouldn't it still be certified?? As I understand it Certified PreOwned have extra warranty that may not come with the car if it's not a certified preowned.
#723 of 762 Re: Certified Preowned if Sold to 2nd dealer?? [breezley]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Sep 10, 2011 (5:33 am)
It's possible that you could find a previously certified CPO vehicle at a non-BMW dealership. But, it seems doubtful that the original dealership would pay BMW the $1500 or so to certify the car (and add the warranty), only to send it to auction a few days later...
The only way to know for sure is to give the VIN to someone at a BMW dealership and ask them to tell you if it has the CPO warranty.
That isn't information they will normally give out, except to someone that owns the vehicle.. You might have to drop in and kindly ask a service advisor for a favor....
If it is CPO, then that warranty transfers to whoever owns the car.. Don't tell the Toyota dealership, or they may jack up the price....
#724 of 762 Re: Certified Preowned if Sold to 2nd dealer?? [kyfdx]
Sep 11, 2011 (6:13 pm)
That's what happened with one of the cars I was looking at. The selling dealer gave me the Carfax that clearly stated the car had been sold as a CPO BMW previously. A friend at my BMW dealer confirmed that the CPO warranty was still valid. It was a nice car but a painfully boring color combo(silver/black).
#725 of 762 Mileage Factor
Sep 23, 2011 (4:22 am)
I realize there's no easy answer to this, but how do you factor in mileage when deciding whether to purchase a used BMW? I'm looking at a 2003 330ci 2D coupe with 137,000 for about $9500. That seems to be pushing the limit, but I've seen BMWs push well into 200,000 or beyond.
I realize it's all a bit of a crapshoot, but the car does have a very consistent maintenance record going back to its birth. Is there some guide or formula or something that would help?
#726 of 762 Re: Mileage Factor [loyalist]
Sep 23, 2011 (6:05 am)
Factoring mileage into what? The purchase price? Any online pricing guide takes mileage into account. And 137k on a 9-year-old car isn't exactly outside the bell curve. It is right within it, as a matter of fact (just a hair over 15k/year).
High mileage doesn't always scare me. It all comes down to how it was taken care of. If it is ultra-clean, well maintained, and everything checks out by a mechanic prior to purchase, I see no reason why such a vehicle wouldn't last you for years to come.
#727 of 762 Re: Mileage Factor [qbrozen]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 23, 2011 (8:49 am)
As a rough guideline, I'd knock off about $1200 off asking price for mileage at least. Actual value depends a lot on condition and the options the car has. It could be worth from $7000 to $9500.
#728 of 762 2008 328i Coupe CPO Price and Thoughts
Sep 25, 2011 (5:36 pm)
It's been a while since I last posted a msg. The first car I got out of college was a 2002 Ford Mustang V6 manual, it was a fun car to drive and was problem-free, perfect for a young out of the college kid. I had since gotten a 2002 Jaguar S-Type and a 2007 Mercedes E350 Sport. The E350 was a lease and after I returned the E350, I kept the Jaguar. The Jaguar had too many problems so I decided to get a new car. I really wanted a manual sports car but it was nearly impossible to find a manual 328 coupe, so I finally caved in and got an automatic. I actually bought it back in June, by just looking at the numbers, it seems like an ok deal, but the condition of the car is amazing, the interior looks absolutely new, and that's why I think this is a good deal. Dark Gray exterior with black interior, and black walnut wood.
2008 BMW 328i Coupe
Automatic with sportshift
CPO to 100,000 miles
Bought it for $26,400 (not including tax), and a 2.9% loan.
Although the car drives tight and I do like the look and interior of the car, it seems a bit slow to me. It is certainly a lot slower than the G37, not to mentioned it's not as well equipped. Overall, I am still happy with the car, but I think I will look at other options harder next time if BMW doesn't match their competitors in the future.
#729 of 762 Re: 2008 328i Coupe CPO Price and Thoughts [gshocksv]
Sep 27, 2011 (8:44 am)
The 328i is a LOT more fun with the manual. The 335i automatic is a much better combination- although I'd still prefer a manual...
#730 of 762 Re: 2008 328i Coupe CPO Price and Thoughts [roadburner]
Sep 27, 2011 (8:27 pm)
I will manual is a lot more fun in general, but I just couldn't find any manuals. Probably 99% of the BMWs now days are automatic.
#731 of 762 Re: What is a better buy: 1999 BMW M3 or 2001 330ci (same mileage each) [fdg07]
Oct 01, 2011 (12:56 pm)
Am looking at a 2001 330i convertible with just under 50k on it....it appears to be in good shape - just under $16K price tag....is it a keeper?