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      06-28-2010, 01:47 AM   #1
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Did you purchase your 335i new or used?

Just wondering if most of the people here bought their 335i used or new, right now I'm trying to find a used 335i with navi, sports package and manual transmission, but it's pretty hard to come across used. Any tips for finding one? I hear some people have the privilege of going to auctions to find cars at wholesale price, how may I get in on this? Also, I'm looking at 2 335i's at the moment, 07 Red E90 with navi, sport package and manual transmission at 30,000 miles. It's going for $25,000 however there's been an accident reported on the carfax, but with a clean title. There's also an 07 E92 Black on tan 335i with all the packages and all the options including navi and logic 7 going for $24,000. The turnoff for me about this car is that it has 53,000 miles and the tan interior with wood trim. I'd much rather get the black on aluminum trim, but this seems like a good deal. Which of these cars do you guys suggest I go for or do you think I should wait a little longer? My budget is $30,000 so a new 335i is out of the picture.
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      06-28-2010, 01:54 AM   #2
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      06-28-2010, 02:27 AM   #3
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I'd much rather get the black on aluminum trim, but this seems like a good deal. Which of these cars do you guys suggest I go for or do you think I should wait a little longer? My budget is $30,000 so a new 335i is out of the picture.
........If you consider this as a dream car and made sacrifices in getting the funds gathered, do you really want 2nd choice? Can you shop nationwide or a days drive from your local to see cars closer to your list of reqiurements? Would you pay $300 for a plane ticket and 3 days on the road to bring the best, most satifying example of a $30k car home ? Well not everyone can leave town car shopping. The car with the accident looks like the better bet and is priced to reflect that. You can get a copy of the accident report on the internet for about $15 with a VIN #. If my two choices here, it would be a car repaired to my satisfaction rather than a color I didn't like but would have to live with for years.
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      06-28-2010, 02:42 AM   #4
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I would say wait and look around more
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      06-28-2010, 03:07 AM   #5
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I bought mine used. In my opinion if your spending $30k, you shouldn't get a car that will have something that makes you regret it or not like it. For example if that tan really gets to you, don't get it. Keep looking, the perfect deal will come up.

A smart approach that lots of people I know have done is look at the BMW dealerships around your state for the perfect CPO with everything you want. Once you find it, contact them and tell them your flying in or what not, and BMW will actually pick you up from the airport, drive you to the dealer and you can drive the car back. Thats what I would do if I bought another BMW. Also, make sure its CPO imo.
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      06-28-2010, 03:22 AM   #6
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I wouldnt get a car thats been in an accident or a car with 53k miles. I would pass on those and just keep looking, the right one will come along.
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      06-28-2010, 04:45 AM   #7
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Yeah, just be patient and keep searching. Expand your search area to your whole state or even neighboring states to increase your chances of finding one equipped how you want. It took about 3 months of searching before I bought mine, and it's almost exactly how I would have ordered it new (except it's missing PDC).
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      06-28-2010, 05:43 AM   #8
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i bought mine used, had no intention to buy a 335 but saw one not in the ideal options i wanted but the drive of the car makes me forget what im missing ...plus i wanted auto and got manual again...but doesnt take any of the fun away
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I never buy new cars. No reason to take that depreciation hit just to have that new car smell. Don't buy a car that has been wrecked, it will hurt your resale potential and value. Wait for the right one and find a good independent mechanic to do a full inspection.
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bought mine used, from a mom and pop dealership.... Don't do it. If you go used... Def go certified and try to make friends with a sales guy for a couple of months before you do it. Let them know you are looking for a strong car and give them your number to call when the right color, set up , features comes in. Don't settle and don't rush like I did. I have spent more time in a loaner than in my car with engine repair! I still love my car, don't get me wrong but I had a chance at a sport model, certified with a few more miles and can never really go back. ( my car has been so bad they may still lemon it so I might have a chance to go back)
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bought mine used, from a mom and pop dealership.... Don't do it. If you go used... Def go certified and try to make friends with a sales guy for a couple of months before you do it. Let them know you are looking for a strong car and give them your number to call when the right color, set up , features comes in. Don't settle and don't rush like I did. I have spent more time in a loaner than in my car with engine repair! I still love my car, don't get me wrong but I had a chance at a sport model, certified with a few more miles and can never really go back. ( my car has been so bad they may still lemon it so I might have a chance to go back)
I bought my previous E90 from a mom and pop dealer for a great price. It had been wrecked, didn't show up on car fax or autocheck, but BMW found out.

I lemoned it, what a POS.
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      06-28-2010, 10:15 AM   #12
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Bought mine new. Yeah, depreciation, blah blah blah. Whatever, I don't buy a car with the intent of selling it right away. I mean, also with a used car, you're potentially buying someone else's headaches.

With a new car, from day one, I know how the car's maintained because I'm the original owner. There will no question as to wondering if the car ever got beaten up or whatever. Potentially you could end up coming close to the price of a new car if you got a bad used car and had to get it fixed.

But that's just me.
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      06-28-2010, 05:43 PM   #13
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i bought used to save some money, but also was only looking at CPO vehicles for the extra warranty and piece of mind. i also only wanted manual so I had to travel 400 miles to get my car..it was worth it tho
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      06-28-2010, 05:56 PM   #14
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keep looking, OP. you'll find a better deal.
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      06-28-2010, 06:23 PM   #16
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Bought mine new, to me its worth it to have EXACTLY what I want, no buyers remorse that way. But if you are going to get a used one, make sure you find the right deal, its a lot of money, find the right deal.
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