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Old 09-07-2019, 11:03 AM
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2017 Alpina BMW Repurchased

I am looking at buying a used Alpina and one option is a vehicle that was repurchased by BMW in CA. What do people think of that idea?

Also, anything to look out for with a used Alpina? Thanks.



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Old 09-07-2019, 11:27 AM
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Why was it repurchased? I suspect BMW's more willing to repurchase an Alpina from a long-time, repeat customer whose bought or leased a dozen BMW before than they would be for repurchasing a 320i from a first-time customer. It's possible that whatever was wrong with the car was completely fixed.

If they're not totally up-front with what was wrong with the car and what was done to fix it, run.
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:36 AM
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The buyback notice says clicking from front wheel. The fix was to torque control arms to spec. Is seems a bit odd to repurchase a car if the fix was that easy. The dealer in GA sells a lot of repurchased cars and claims it is easy to force a buyback in CA.

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The buyback notice says clicking from front wheel. The fix was to torque control arms to spec. Is seems a bit odd to repurchase a car if the fix was that easy. The dealer in GA sells a lot of repurchased cars and claims it is easy to force a buyback in CA.

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That's because manufacturers don't want the California Lemon Law kicking in, and the car ending up with a "lemon title."

It might be that the customer was unduly pissed and yet valuable enough that they took back the car just to make him happy. Cars like that often end up as BMW NA company cars. There are a lot of BMW employees who'd rather have a Alpina B7 than a 330i. A neighbor of mine was a field rep' for GM, and got a lot of cool company cars that way.
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Old 09-07-2019, 08:57 PM
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Drove a 2019 Alpina b7 today and definitely want to buy one. Leaning away from the lemoned one but looking at other used ones.

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IMHO good idea to stay away from the lemoned one unless it is 100% certain why it was repurchased. Everything here has been totally speculative.
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:32 AM
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Why was it repurchased? I suspect BMW's more willing to repurchase an Alpina from a long-time, repeat customer whose bought or leased a dozen BMW before than they would be for repurchasing a 320i from a first-time customer. It's possible that whatever was wrong with the car was completely fixed.
That's not the best practice, what's wrong with the first-time customer? First-time customer is an easy target to become a repeated customer and to lease dozens later on, in the same manner of an Alpina owner.


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If they're not totally up-front with what was wrong with the car and what was done to fix it, run.
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