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IanMasterson
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?

bmwblack55
07-15-2012, 01:53 PM
Yes call bmw and them vin number they will check it for you

Singhe60
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..

IanMasterson
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?

TangoRed
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.

IanMasterson
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.