So, you’ve decided that its finally time to bite the bullet and pick up a second hand BMW, but you know how expensive they can be, so you’re a little bit worried about getting ripped off, or purchasing a car that may not be as perfect as the seller states. Well never fear, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about second hand BMW’s, and should offer some insight into problems to look out for.

By following the advice below, you should be absolutely fine. Alternatively, you can pick up a brand new BMW from Jardine Motors and other dealers.

Preparation Is Paramount

It is important that you first engage in as much research as possible. Take the time out to read reviews and reports. Also, ask your friends and family about their experiences with the brand, and this should help you make a sound choice. Make sure you do all of this before visiting a dealership because once you’ve signed, theres no going back.

The internet is a fantastic tool for learning about cars, so take full advantage of it. Car review websites are ten to the dozen, so you are unlikely to find a lack of information on whichever model you’re researching.

Ask To See Records

Before committing to a purchase it is always advisable to read through any records that the dealer has. This should ensure you don’t miss anything important, whilst also letting you know the true history of the vehicle you’re considering. Sometimes dealers may attempt to avoid mentioning a problem, but all details will be recorded in the cars history.

Just because a car seems perfect, does not mean it really is. Go through everything with a fine tooth comb before committing to anything. Dealers will often try to rush your decision – don’t let them, any overlooked details at this juncture could well prove extremely costly in the future.

Use Common Sense

Dealers obviously have a large financial interest in your purchase, so sometimes they may exaggerate on, or even emit certain facts about the car you’re looking to buy. Make sure you keep your cool and don’t believe everything you hear. If your sales rep tells you that a 5 year old car has only clocked around 10,000 miles, something fishy is probably going on.

The basic rule of thumb? If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.

Call An Independent Mechanic

Although many retailers will have their own mechanics on site, it is probably worth getting in touch with an independent party who will be able to give you their unbiased opinion on the car. You may well come across issues not previously mentioned by workers at the dealership, and this could well prevent you from a whole heap of regret in the long run.

So there you go, hopefully now you’ll be a little better prepared for the task in hand. With this guide at the ready, and your research at hand, you really can’t go wrong.

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