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I am the market for a used BMW 3 series for under $12000. Can you give me any pointers or things I should stay away from?

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Patricia Algier , Owner at Valley Dealer Exchange Inc BMW*s can be high maintenance so you want to make sure they have been taken care of with service records if possible and if you buy from a dealer purchase an extended warranty. Also have it checked out by a reputable mechanic before you buy it. Run a car Fax and take the vin# to your local BMW dealer and see if they have any records of repairs or maintenance that show up in the BMW computer. Patti www.valleydealer.com

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Here are some great websites to learn more about the BMW 3 Series. 1. For information on the differences in various years, go to: http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/1999-to-2005-bmw-3-series-7.htm 2.for information on the different models and what to look out for, go to: http://buyingacar.suite101.com/article.cfm/buying_used_review_bmw_3_series_2005_e90 3. This website gives some good advice on what to look for on a used BMW: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2144749/how_to_buy_a_used_bmw.html I would also advise you to take the used BMW you are interested in buying to a ASE Certified Master Auto Technician for a thorough inspection before you purchase it. This is one of the most important steps to insure you buy a quality used car.

Judy Curry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Currys Auto Service The best advice that I can give you is to have the vehicle checked out by your mechanic. Spending a little money on a pre-purchase inspection can save you a lot of money down the road. Plus, it will give you some leverage negotiating with the seller. The last thing you want to do is be surprised with unexpected service and repairs right after you purchase your car. You might also consider an extended warranty or purchase a certified preowned vehicle from a BMW dealer. Certified preowned cars typically have some type of warranty that is included with the purchase of the car. Good Luck!

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