Buying a pre-owned BMW can be like rolling the dice. There are dealerships and people that will give you the rundown on the BMW and essentially make sure it is in top-notch shape before putting it on the market. Unfortunately, there are some bad apples out there when it comes to the sale of pre-owned vehicles and they will try to sell you a lemon stacked with problems. Here’s how to avoid that.
Upon arrival to see the pre-owned BMW, ask for receipts on its maintenance history and the car’s title. This will weed out an improperly cared for and/or salvaged BMW. Bonus points for yourself with you can get a CarFax.
To optimize the exterior inspection it’s best if you set the meeting for when there’s daylight out. Inspect the engine for rust and look under the car for any leaks. Look for any identifiable body work as this means the car was in a accident and could have significant hidden damage. If you have a engine light scanner, scan the vehicle and make sure it does not have repair problems.
Check the engine oil and transmission fluid thoroughly by rubbing it off in a clean white towel, if there are metallic particles present, then there are worn parts. For the oil it means engine failure is forthcoming.
Get behind the wheel and test it through the streets and freeway. Listen very attentively when driving on bumpy roads, up hills, and braking while making turns. This can give you a general feel for any engine, transmission, clutch or suspension problems. Take someone who has experience working with cars if you can. Problems will be audibly notable.
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