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What is BMW Approved Used?

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There are no shortage of used BMW models on the second hand market, but if you want the reassurance of a main dealer service, you'll want a BMW Approved Used car.

The idea is that you get the same BMW franchised dealer service you would if you were buying a new car, plus of course there's a longer warranty and plenty of other benefits. So whether you're after a BMW 3 Series, BMW X1 or a BMW i3, we explain all.

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What warranty do BMW Approved Used cars come with?

Approved Used BMW models all come with a 12 month warranty. Apart from routine service items like tyres, brake pads and discs, as well as any parts requiring repair or replacement due to normal wear and tear or age, all cars have unlimited mileage protection against breakdown and repair costs for both parts and labour for 12 months. All factory-fitted mechanical and electrical components are covered along with the battery and exhaust. 

How about MoT cover?

If an MoT test is due during your BMW Warranty cover, then any resulting work that's required will be completed free of charge.

Is there an inspection?

Every car has 120 rigorous checks by trained BMW technicians plus a full road test after which any mechanical faults are rectified using genuine BMW parts.

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Does it come with a history check?

As you'd expect, yes. All cars get an independent, certified check which is carried out to verify mileage and vehicle history, ensuring that the car has not been stolen, written-off or is subject to any outstanding finance agreement. Service history meets BMW recommendations and if a service is due it will be carried out prior to delivery.

What about an exchange policy?

If BMW is unable to resolve a demonstrable fault arising within the first 30 days or 1000 miles (whichever is sooner), you will be entitled to an exchange, or a refund if an appropriate exchange cannot be found. 

Are there any extras included?

As part of the 12 month warranty, BMW also gives you breakdown cover, offering everything from roadside assistance to practical advice, not just in the UK but also Ireland and continental Europe, with assistance or recovery of your car.

Where can I buy an approved used BMW?

You can find an approved used BMW for sale near you here.

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The best depends on what you want. If it's a big family lugger, a 5 Series Touring is ideal and one of the few cars to be rated 10 out of 10 by us. If you want stylish wind in your hair motoring, the Z4 is excellent but for something affordable to run, the great 1 Series is our choice. 

BMW engines are designed to cope with big mileages so there should be no problems mechanically, assuming of course it has been well maintained and regularly serviced. Condition is another matter of course, and a BMW will suffer with worn seats and paint chips as much as any other car.

Yes, as long as you check the service history and ensure it has been regularly maintained. As with any used car, condition and mileage are key factors when buying, hence why buying a used approved car is a great idea to give you peace of mind.

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