You won't believe this...
My 2010 E90 325i Sports has the fine brushed aluminium trim on the doors and the driver's side seat belt buckle has placed a few dents and scratches in the trim over the past years. I was at the Stealers last weekend getting the Start/Stop button replaced under warranty so I thought I would ask Parts how much the replacement aluminium trim piece would cost...a cool $295 plus 3 weeks wait as it has to come from Germany.
I did a bit of research on the web and most Suppliers overseas were selling it for between $50 and $90 so I dug deeper and found one BMW Supplier who would sell it to me for US$52 plus $30 shipping. I could not believe that I saved myself over $200 for exactly the same part that will come from the same factory in Germany that the Stealer would get it from.
Who said you canít save by shopping on-line....the days of the Stealer's Parts department are numbered with that degree of mark-up.
I guess the proof in the pudding for me is when it arrives and in what condition Ė be about 3 weeks so fingers crossed.