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Old 04-27-2016, 11:35 PM   #1
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about to buy a used X1 from BMW dealership in Quebec



its literally $5-6000 cheaper than buying in Ontario. Any advice? Why is it that much cheaper? I've read horror stories.

Just looking for you opinion - it's pretty safe to buy from a BMW dealership? It's a certified pre-owned. I don't have to worry about title issues, odometer fraud etc?
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:25 AM   #2
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its literally $5-6000 cheaper than buying in Ontario. Any advice? Why is it that much cheaper? I've read horror stories.

Just looking for you opinion - it's pretty safe to buy from a BMW dealership? It's a certified pre-owned. I don't have to worry about title issues, odometer fraud etc?
Yes, you do have to worry about it. Many dealerships have been in trouble in the past, including BMW. I remember a case in Quebec where a Mazda was sold as a Demo vehicle, but was in fact an accident write off...Not EVERYTHING gets reported, and has paper trails, so you have to check on your own (or with help of independent shop).
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:49 AM   #3
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:28 AM   #4
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Do your due diligence, don't be a tin foil hat wearer. A thorough PPI reveals all. I know people with QC cars that haven't ran into issues.
Also, a BMW dealership, of all places, can tell if a car has been rolled back (through stored data), if they can't NO ONE can.
There are just as many roll backs in GTA as anywhere..Trust me on that. With new(er) cars, I am pretty sure QC accidents are now being reported. Contact CarProof and ask. Also, see if the BMW dealership uses a 3rd party inspection company for their interior/exterior inspection. When we bought my BMW from a MB dealership in the states, they sent us a full report detailing any previous paintwork (rear bumper-how they could tell is beyond me), scratches, dents, interior wear, etc...
Again for 6k off, I'd personally make the 8hr (round trip) drive and check it out myself if it is exactly what I want.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:04 PM   #5
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Certified pre owned means nothing. It's just marketing speak for used. Do you due diligence and check everything yourself or with a trusted third party.
Quebec cars can see tougher lives due to harsh winters and rough roads, so be aware of that.
That said, my car was from Quebec but the only issue I found was the previous owner was careless with the ice scraper and put some minor cuts in the window seal.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:22 PM   #6
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I've been looking in Quebec as well just due to the fact that what I want has been very hard to find. Listen, corruption is everywhere, not just in the hot spots of Quebec and BC for dishonest cars. My opinion is this. If the owner of the car has no problems with having a thorough inspection done, then more often than not, it's just like buying a car anywhere else. The only thing I would state is this. When it comes time to sell such a car, potential buyers may not like to see that the car came through Quebec and could walk away just based on that fact. It's bit of a catch 22. Saving money now could cost you later. Fact remains that cars a sh!tty investment of your hard earned money.......
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. Fact remains that cars a sh!tty investment of your hard earned money.......
Only classic cars are investments, I bet you know about E30 M3 pricing!
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yup. I sold mine too early. Should have sat on it longer.
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