Buying a used car can be quite an awe-inspiring project. If you don’t know what to look for and which questions to ask, it’s very possible to get stuck with a car that has hidden faults that you may not find out until it’s too late.
The good thing about buying a used BMW is that they have an excellent reputation for reliability. That said you still need to exercise caution when looking for a used model to avoid any pitfalls that are common when buying second-hand. This guide is intended to help you buy a used BMW with confidence even if you’re buying a second-hand car for the first time.
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Where to buy
A very important factor to consider when buying a used car is where you’re going to get it from. You have three main options where this is concerned – You can either buy it from a private seller, from a car showroom or from an auction.
Buying from an auction is never a great idea. The reason for this is that most car auctions will sell the cars “as seen”, which means it lies on you to discern whether there are any faults with the car before buying it. This is far from ideal.
This leaves buying from a showroom or from a private seller. It is possible to find great deals when buying from private sellers, however the onus is still on you to ask the right questions and determine whether the car has any serious faults. Cars that have just passed their MOT are always worth looking out for since you can be confident they’ll have no major faults that need immediate attention.
If you’d rather buy a used BMW with complete confidence then the best option is to buy from a used car showroom. Most garages will offer guarantees with their cars so if anything goes wrong, you’ll be covered. Another advantage of buying from a used car dealership is that you’ll have the option to spread the cost out.
Things to Consider
There are always key things you should check whenever you’re looking at any used car. Of course the body work should be inspected carefully for any dents and scratches. This is why it’s always important to view any used car in daylight and in good weather conditions. It’s very easy to miss external damage otherwise.
As well as exterior checks, it’s also important to look under the bonnet. This will enable you to check for any water or oil leaks around the engine. You should also check the condition of the battery and its terminals and connectors for rust.
If you’re not confident checking technical things then it’s an excellent idea to take someone along with you who is. A trusted mechanic could save you a lot of money and headaches further down the line.