5 Things to Check Before Buying a Used BMW

Buying a used BMW allows you to get a high quality car at a reasonable price. But it’s important to be sure that the car you’re getting is in excellent condition. If you’re looking for a used BMW in Singapore, you should check all the following before making the purchase.




Check the bodywork of the vehicle to find out whether it is damage and been repair before.


1. Bodywork

While any used car is going to have a bit of wear and tear, before you commit to buying a used BMW, you should carefully examine the bodywork for any indications of damage or major repairs. One clue that a car may have been in an accident is if the surface paint is not the same shade across the car. Any used BMW should have a single, consistent paint colour over the entire vehicle. Otherwise, it’s probably had damage that’s been repaired.



Gaps between the panels on a BMW should all be the same size, if it isn’t the same it could be a third-party parts.


2. Panels

The gaps between the panels on a BMW should all be the same size. If you see variations from one panel to the next, this is another indication of a significant accident and major repairs. It can also suggest that (instead of using the correct BMW replacement panels) the repair shop used inferior third-party parts.


3. Mileage

The first thing you should check when buying a used BMW is the mileage. As with any other used car, the more mileage the car has, the more likely it is to experience breakdowns. Make certain that the odometer has not been tampered with in any way. Disreputable sellers will attempt to “clock” the odometer to reduce the mileage shown. One way to catch this is to compare the available paperwork and service record against the reading you’re seeing. Also, if the BMW you’re looking at has an analogue odometer, the numbers you see may be out of alignment if there’s been any tampering.


bmw engine

Before purchasing a BMW car be sure to check out the engine to find out whether it contain problems.


4. Engine

Naturally, one of the most important things to do when purchasing a used BMW in Singapore (or anywhere else) is to check the engine. Look under the bonnet to see if there are any signs of corrosion or pitting. If there is oil on the engine, this means there is a leak somewhere that could result in a mechanical problem later. Examine the belts and hoses to be sure they are intact and free of cracks or splits. If you see dark oil stains on the BMW’s engine block, it indicates the engine needs a costly head gasket replacement.


Paperwork of bmw car

5. Paperwork

Before you pay for a used BMW, make sure that you carefully review all of the paperwork. For example, the VIN number in the paperwork should match the VIN number on the car. The VIN on a BMW can be found by looking through the windshield on the left side of the dash. Also make sure that there are no liens against the car before you buy it. Finally, make sure that you have been given the full service history for the vehicle. If there is an odd gap, this can indicate a major problem is being concealed.
While a used BMW is less expensive than a new one, it’s still a significant investment. You’ll want to be sure that you’re getting value for your money. Carefully examine any vehicle you’re considering before closing the deal.