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Old 04-11-2010, 08:08 PM   #1
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Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Kitchener
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Question Buying used, what else should I look for?

I have a 2007 328i in my sights to replace my aging '97. They have made some nice improvements in 10 years

This car was supposedly driven only in the summer and has 29,5k on it. There is one very minor dimple on its hind quarter that's only visible if you stare down its side-lines. Other than that, upon first looks, the exterior looks to be in great shape - almost new.

Under the hood, I'm noticing you can see less and less. Even under the car - it's all covered these days. Just not sure what I should be looking for aside from the common things like treadwear and signs of abuse on the interior / exterior. Handling feels very tight solid, engine purrs nicely. Very smooth.

CarProof says no accidents, one owner, Canadian car with $754 in repairs; apparently they got a stone chip in one headlight, so the story goes. From what I've seen, the price is pretty competitive which might explain why they're not overly willing to budge. I like it. I want it. But I want to make sure I'm covering my basis.

They claim balance bumper to bumper warranty is in effect. Are BMW's warranties transferable like that? The idea is even oil changes are covered during that period? (My last bimmer was used as well so I'm not aware of how this works). Oh yeah, and I saw something about a 12yr rust warranty? That was on a US site, would it apply on this car?

Also, how can you be sure if certain features are really there? Like adaptive headlights, bluetooth, adaptive cruise, heated mirrors, stuff that's not so easy to test.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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