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      01-17-2012, 08:54 PM   #750
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Originally Posted by esk8mw View Post
I'm new to my m3 search so apologies in advance if these are stupid questions:

1. I found a 2008 E90 DCT at a non-BMW dealer (trade-in, non-CPO) with just 9000 miles and a price of $42k. The car is lightly optioned (just cold weather pkg and aluminum trim) but that doesn't bother me too much. The carfax is clean, 1 owner, but there's a quirk - the in-service date is 12/2009. Any idea why this could be? I find it hard to believe that a 2008 sat on a lot for this long without being bought. I see the benefit of having basically 2 years/41k miles left on the factory warranty but the dealer did not know why the in-service date was so late. Anything I should be looking out for?

2. Right now the market is flooded with 2008s (I'm guessing because they are coming off leases) but I'd like to get an updated 2009 model. When will the 2009s begin flooding the market and begin drifting towards the current 2008 prices? I'm not in a big rush to buy but was wondering if this would begin happening by Spring, Summer, Fall, etc? I also wouldn't want to buy a 2008 now only to find out that I could have had a substantially similar 2009 for the same price in 2-3 months or whatever.

Thanks for any help.

That first option doesn't sound good to me. That's actually what some scum people I know do to roll back miles, especially on a lease. They do the maintenance, but not at the dealer. Thus, the only recorded milage on a car is from very long ago and accurate. Any miles they add from 2009 to 2011, they just roll back and make it look like the car only did 6k miles from 2009 to 2011 instead of the actual 24k or more miles.

If I was to buy an M3, I would want to see full service records and miles. Even if the owner didn't save the paperwork, the dealer would be able to pull that info up for you.

Just my opinion. Good luck.
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