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E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014)
4th generation E90 M3 sedan, E92 M3 coupe and E93 M3 convertible. The last of the naturally aspirated M3s, powered by a 4.0 liter V8 making 414hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

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Old 04-20-2013, 05:01 AM
nhman nhman is offline
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New delivery, The "what if" question

I will be taking delivery of a M3 coupe within (I hope) the next 30 days. As of a few days ago it was at the port in Bremerhaven. The "what if" question is specific to possible damage during transport and/or at the VPC. If it happens, I suspect that it will be fixed and restored to factory conditions. My question, is there a way of knowing if damage occurs during shipment? I don't recall if during the process of signing the paperwork if documentation is provided showing any repairs applied to the vehicle.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:47 AM
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Will have to search but there is a threshold below which BMW simply repairs the car to factory standards and does NOT have to notify the buyer. If the damage is above that threshold and they will have to notify you and you then have the option to accept the car or not. I have something like 10% of the value of the car in my head but my memory could be off!
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:08 AM
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Will have to search but there is a threshold below which BMW simply repairs the car to factory standards and does NOT have to notify the buyer. If the damage is above that threshold and they will have to notify you and you then have the option to accept the car or not. I have something like 10% of the value of the car in my head but my memory could be off!
The figure quoted by staff at the Port Jersey VDC is 3%.

There is an obscure report that shows all warranty, recall and SIB campaigns completed on a vehicle that will list any repairs made at the VDC. IIRC it is considered confidential to the vehicle owner and selling dealer, like the rest of the service history. OP can request that but my advice is not to ask. It will only make you think of the car as imperfect. The VDC is an extension of the factory and their work is commensurate with that role.

I had my E46 for years before I saw the above-mentioned report and learned that the hood had been repainted at the VPC (as it was known at the time). The repair was absolutely undetectable.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:49 PM
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pre-delivery repairs

I had the occasion to use the "dent doctor" on an older 328i. The guy met up with me at the local BMW dealership. He was out back working on several brand new 3 series cars.

He told me that he works almost continuously on pre-delivery new bmws, accounting for over 80% of his work. They apparently gets lots and lots of "dings" in all the handling between factory and dealer's lot.

No biggie. Just enjoy the new ride.
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