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      05-19-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
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Extended Maintenace

Hey Everyone,

My car has arrived at the Prep Center and should be here (fingers crossed) within a week. I am debating on getting the maintenance plan through BMW but the dealer is only willing to take 150 off the 3295 total (terrible offer IMHO)...anyone know any dealers in the East Coast / USA that will do a better mainteance deal? Also if I mod the car will that void the maintenance extension (recognize it could void warranty if the mod is the culprit...). Thanks in advance!
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I haven't found anyone who has received a good deal on this yet.

On another note, I would advise you to wait on the purchase of the extended maintenance. You can purchase up until 1 day or 1 mile prior to your 4/50 expiring. Why give them the money now so they can earn interest when you could be earning the interest?
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I haven't found anyone who has received a good deal on this yet.

On another note, I would advise you to wait on the purchase of the extended maintenance. You can purchase up until 1 day or 1 mile prior to your 4/50 expiring. Why give them the money now so they can earn interest when you could be earning the interest?
Time value of money!

In addition, you may change your mind or be able to get a better deal over the intervening years and there's always the possibility that you may no longer have the car e.g. totaled (god forbid) or sold.

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Why give them the money now so they can earn interest when you could be earning the interest?
Because every year they have been raising the price of this option - by faster than inflation...
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      05-19-2010, 03:20 PM   #5
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Because every year they have been raising the price of this option - by faster than inflation...
I don't have official documentation, but I am almost positive they have not raised it EVERY year. Also, it is possible to earn interest/capital gains at a much higher rate than inflation.

When I got extended maintenance on my 2004 E46 M3 in 2007 the list price on the option was somewhere between $1,800 and $2,100 (granted I negotiated to $1,200, which was $100 over invoice at the time). After that I believe they made one big jump to the $3,295 for the E9x M3. I have also heard that the margin is not as big now, but I haven't seen any evidence.

Either way, figure out where you project your mileage to be between years 4 & 6, figure out what services you'll need, and do the math. I guess if you are concerned about the price going up then your research will determine if the savings cover the anticipated maintenance and the opportunity cost.

The plan can be a good move; I got an INSP II, an oil change, an INSP I, front brakes, belts, a brake fluid flush, and a lot of wipers out of the deal on my E46 so it paid for itself easily!
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That's a bummer about not being able to get a good price....I don't understand why the dealers won't move down slightly...TVM should prove my point....
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