New E92/93 or used?

richard plumb

Distinguished Member
Just curious - BMW have some attractive offers on at the moment on both the 318 coupe and 320 convertible. Both Msport 'plus' with a few extra bits and pieces and nice alloys.

Mainly some solid dealer contributions - £5k for the coupe and £7.5k for the convertible.

Now normally it makes sense to buy a used model, but I was looking at white ones and its difficult to find a white one more than a few years old, so you're looking at 1-2 year old models and their prices are still quite high. Yes you'll get heavy depreciation, but does the dealer contribution help offset that?
 

FZR400RRSP

Banned
Yes you'll get heavy depreciation, but does the dealer contribution help offset that?

Course it does.
This is why there's so much horlicks talked about depreciation.
Any 'guides' you get always reckon on you paying full RRP.
So they'll say it's worth 48% of RRP after three years (example)
That 48% doesn't change if you only paid 75% of full RRP for it.
It's still worth 48% of full RRP.:thumbsup:
Come resale time, you can hold out for the market value or take slightly less, in the knowledge you paid less in the first place.
 

lovegroova

Well-known Member
It works both ways of course. Could be 125% of RRP if you bought a Porsche (with "essential options").

Do check for the effect the dealer reduction in new models has had on used prices. i.e if a new car is £5k - 7.5k cheaper, then expect a similar drop in the price of used "nearly new" models. If that hasn't happened, then a new one makes more sense.
 

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