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: Used 2008 528xi Purchase

07-15-2012, 12:09 PM
I am new to forum and looking at buying a used 528xi, 60k miles, $22,000, only repair log is the carfax report - does BMW keep a record of repairs by VIN? what should I look for to help decide if this is a good buy or not?

07-15-2012, 01:53 PM
Yes call bmw and them vin number they will check it for you

07-15-2012, 07:33 PM
I recently purchased my e60 and although I ran a carfax, which came out clear - the carproof showed an accident on the car with damage of about $4k. I would suggest checking the carproof as well as calling BMW did not show me this accident. I am not sure if Carproof is Canadian only though..

07-16-2012, 09:57 AM
I call BMWUSA and found out the scheduled maintenance up to 32,000 miles was done at BMW dealer in Ohio, then nothing for 30,000 milies is posted until a battery cable recall service done in April. So the maintenance was done at a service center that did not update records or by the owner. This seems a little suspicious - any one else have the same conclusion?

07-16-2012, 11:21 AM
No shop besides a BMW shop can update the info on the key. All that means is the person got the car serviced (or didn't service it at all) at an independent shop.

07-16-2012, 11:46 AM
thanks - that helps me understand how the service is updated. I had a maxima SE and had it serviced at an independent repair shop and all the service was avialable on the CARFAX report when I sold the car, but the service that is listed on the 528xi only reports that done at a BMW dealer.