|12-02-2015, 04:10 PM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2015
Hello Friends, Need some advice
Just completed my driving test and here i am, all set and looking for my first BMW.
I was hoping to get an approved 116i or 118d, preferably SE model because of the extra add on's that you get with these. The budget i initially set was £12k. I am prepared to spend £13k now.
If i have to come down to my 3 must have requirements, it'll be :-
- <4 yrs old (F20) and <50k miles
- Economy (so not looking for sports trim)
I had a test drive for 118D SE and it was very impressive. (I reckon i would have said the same thing for any 2lt Engine as i used a Ford Fiesta during my learning period )
Recently i came across a 120D priced at £14.5k. The car has some impressive features that includes :-
Automatic air conditioning
Cruise control with brake function
Electric glass sunroof
BMW Professional navigation system
Harman Kardon hi-fi.
Run flat tyres.
Extended interior light package.
Front and rear park distance control (PDC).
Full black panel display.
Enhanced Bluetooth functionality including BMW Assist
Que -1. Though this model is higher than my allocated budget, Is it worth spending additional £1.5k? (My budget is £13k tops)
Que -2. Can i try to negotiate price with the dealer? Is it normal? If dealer does negotiate, how much reduction can i expect? If he doesnt, can i ask for any add on's?
Que -3. Is it safe to assume 120d is an upgrade over 118d? I have noticed that the fuel economy is almost same in those 2 vehicles. Is that true though?
Que -4. If i have to sell the vehicle in say 2-3 years time, what sort of depreciation is expected (in %) under normal running condition? & does having some decent config helps in re-selling?
Que -5. Can i have blind faith in the car given i am buying from BMW?
Apologies if this has been asked somewhere else! Any help will be hugely appreciated
|12-02-2015, 11:17 PM||#2|
Drives: F21 118i
Join Date: Oct 2014
A short answer from the information you've shared is "no". Don't do that because:
1. It's a used car. You should be ready for maintenance expenses;
2. As a beginner driver you are unlikely ready to drive it to the limit safely. You should be more concerned about not smashing it at once. While a less powerful thing accelerates you have valuable time to consider if you really need to do that.
F20 120d bought
M135i UK deals...
Sales advice for a BMW virgin
how do you get a discount off list price on a BMW 1 in the UK
Advice on getting a good deal
IN PROCESS OF BUYING F20 1series
Notice JonF1982 in particular: vast, convincing advices, for what it's worth. In a person's profile you can find all the messages, if interested.
1. The more depreciated it is the less depreciation remains;
2. Yes it does but hardly price-wise: they do want your options but mostly for free (Aren't you buying? Look at yourself. ).
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