The Complete BMW Guide

Guide version: 1.0 This guide was created on 08-18-2015.

Get ready to feel the throat of the engine while tearing down the asphalt inside a BMW, the most admired car in the world.

 

If you’re a complete klutz about cars, then you’re more likely to be unfamiliar with a BMW. As one of the most sought-after car companies in the world, every BMW-branded vehicle leaps out with an authenticity and sure-footedness unparalleled by its competitors. Their design, performance under the hood, and the balance and agility of each vehicle are superb.

Formed in 1916, Bayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works), generally known as BMW began as a highly acclaimed producer of aircraft engines. The company then consequently started producing motorcycles in 1923 and automobiles in 1928, with their first successful car being the Dixi. After cementing itself as the most focused brand in the auto-industry, the rest, as they say, is history.

While the laundry-list of notable features that comes with the BMW can go on and on, it can be encapsulated by this: BMW’s are engineered with you, the driver, being the highest priority. From their direct steering ratios, to improve handling, up to how the engine is accurately placed to offset your weight, it is designed with the driver in mind–always.

But the ultimate question poses this: why? In all of the competitive auto-market riddled by a number of trusted manufacturers including Audi, Chrysler, and Dodge, to name a few, why a BMW?

Why You Should Own A BMW

Brush away the fact that BMW is a luxury car and you’re still left with a ton-load of reasons why you should consider owning a BMW. From their engineering stand-point alone, you are guaranteed that you’ll be getting the best driver-centered experience you can have with your car. Include all the other factors such as the market value, innovative features, and top of the line services that comes with your car and you’re set.

 

BMW has managed to build consistent, top of the line series that remain unsurpassed by notable competition. So for any beginner or pro alike, there’s very little to no doubt that any BMW vehicle they’ll buy comes from a premium manufacturer that stood the test of time with their quality and reliability.

Things To Consider When Buying Your First BMW

No matter what BMW you get, you’ll still get a BMW, right? While owning it can be the merriest part, choosing your first BMW can be a total drag. Aside from the cost, there are also other factors that you have to consider. Whether you’re planning to save a little by buying a pre-owned BMW or looking to indulge yourself to a brand new one, here are 10 practical tips for owning your very first BMW.

BUYING A NEW BMW:

  • Know your budget- While there are many people who know they can afford a BMW, there are significantly much less of those who are aware of how they can afford it better. If you have right finance and can cash it out rather than pay a couple of thousand dollars monthly, then you’re already looking at a sweeter deal.
  • Don’t be hasty- Even if it does take you a couple of weeks test driving tens of cars in your dealership, choosing the right car for you will be worth it after you’ve bought it. Do you take your clients or friends out? Or is it just you and your significant other? Think about these kinds of questions when you’re buying.
  • Buy or lease?- Do you plan on handing your first car to your kids or are you planning to trade it every few years? If it’s the former, it’s better to buy it. If you’re the type of person who likes something new from time to time, then a lease may be better. Another great thing about the BMW lease is that the contract is for 10,000 miles a year, so that too can be a factor when choosing to lease a car.
  • Your BMW dealership- Go to a trustworthy dealership, better if recommended by your friends or family. Then, ask for the best salesman they got. If you’re impressed with their experience and you have the finances, then you’re one step closer to buying the right BMW for you. Keep in mind that no one wants to buy from the wrong place only to find out later.
  • Delivery option- When purchasing your own Bimmer, you have two options to get it: pick it up from the dealership or pick it up from Germany yourself. Most BMW enthusiasts prefer the latter, because who doesn’t want to cruise around Europe in your brand new Bimmer, right? Feel the greatness of the Autobahn while saving a couple of shipping costs.

BUYING A PRE-OWNED BMW:

  • Check eBay or Autotrader- Undoubtedly, these sites offer a great number of BMW sellers available. Be warned, though. Only buy them when you have seen them and have had them inspected. It’s okay to shell out a couple of dollars to get them inspected in order to get your money’s worth. These sites are also a great way to gauge average pricing of BMW’s.
  • Local Lots- There are always some back woods lots where you’ll unexpectedly find BMW’s up for sale. Even if they are priced low, still be wary and have them checked by a technician or a BMW tech.
  • Used Car Lots- Be sure that you check out those lots that you trust, though. Ask your friends or family relatives who owns BMW’s and ask them where they got it. If they could recommend a trustworthy lot, then even better. Still, though, no matter what, always trust that there is something wrong with the car and have it checked out by a technician.
  • CPO BMW- It’s a notion uncommon to most but BMW dealerships sells Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. Go to your local dealership and find out what suits your budget and your lifestyle. Though you may need to pay a little more, the extra warranty and peace of mind will be totally worth it.
  • Again, Don’t Be Hasty!- Don’t buy the first, cheap car that you think will run. Listen to your guts; after all it is your hard-earned money that you’ll be spending. Always budget for the possibility that something could go wrong with your car and you have to pay good money to have it fixed, and those maintenance costs can stack up to the point where you’ll wish that you bought a new one instead.

BMW Fun Fact #1

BMW has been making electric cars for over 40 years.

During the 1972 Munich Olympics, BMW debuted the all-electric 1602. It could drive up to 19 miles using 12 batteries. Although it was all-electric, the performance of the vehicle was anything but shocking: the 43 horsepower it had was roughly half of a normal 1602 during that time.