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BMW Certified Pre-Owned Program

Overview

BMW’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program now tacks an additional year of comprehensive coverage on to its original factory warranty. That means all certified pre-owned BMW vehicles get one additional year of coverage after the original 4 years or 50,000 miles of protection — and the one additional year has no mileage limit, which is good for those who drive a lot. If you wish to add more warranty coverage to your certified pre-owned BMW, you can also pay extra to add one more year of coverage beyond the additional year you get with any CPO model.

What We Like

Warranty is transferable; unlimited mileage coverage; frequent special financing rate offers

What We Don’t

Only five years of coverage now standard; $50 deductible

Program Specifics

If you’re interested in a used BMW, you may want to consider the brand’s certified pre-owned warranty. Not only does the warranty offer additional peace of mind that you’ll be covered if something breaks, it can shield you from potentially pricey repairs that are fairly common thanks to BMW’s expensive parts and labor prices.
The primary benefit of BMW’s CPO warranty is its comprehensive protection: BMW’s certified pre-owned plan offers one year of additional coverage beyond the factory warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles, meaning cars can be covered for up to 5 years. The additional year has no mileage limit, which gives high-mileage drivers good peace of mind.
Unfortunately, by only offering up to 5 years of certified pre-owned coverage, BMW now slips below some rival brands — including Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo — who offer up to 6 years of bumper-to-bumper protection. An additional year of coverage is available with a certified pre-owned BMW, but only if you pay extra for it — whereas it’s included on the aforementioned luxury brand rivals.
Beyond warranties, BMW’s certified pre-owned program has a few other benefits, such as available special financing offers and full transferability to other owners (with a $200 fee). While we don’t like the $50 deductible per visit, we recognize that this is lower than the amount charged by some of BMW’s rival luxury brands.
Although BMW’s certified pre-owned warranty isn’t perfect, it’s certainly worth considering if you’re interested in buying a used example of one of the brand’s vehicles.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Just bought a 2017 530I on Oct 30 2017. Great car, and I really liked the idea of the 5 year CPO warranty. But at signing I learned the fifth year clock begins the day it became available, NOT the day of purchase! Mine was marked March 2017, so it’s not really 5 years after all unless you buy it the very day it becomes available. Funny how the sales guy left that part out.  I would like to know if anyone truly has a 5 year CPO?

  2. Confused about the CPO breakdown / tow service by BMW.  Got a 2014 CPO 528i and just passed the 50K new car warranty mark meaning it’s under CPO warranties. Since I have another 50K miles to go does anyone know if the BMW Assist (tow and breakdown) service is still active ?

  3. Although the Certified Pre-Owned BMW Limited Warranty is extremely comprehensive, it is not an extension of the original 4-year/50,000 mile New BMW Vehicle Limited Warranty. The Certified Pre-Owned BMW Limited Warranty takes over when the BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty expires, and the coverage it provides is somewhat different from the new car warranty.

  4. I purchased a 2014 BMW under a certified program.  I picked up the car and the service alarms were on.  I returned the car, then the facia wasn’t connected and some of the service was not done.  Then I finally got to drive the car and the engine was over 2 quarts low on oil.  I asked for a copy of the inspection report from the service manager, nothing.  I contacted BMW USA nothing.  Buyer beware.  A Certified BMW means, nothing.

    • Just curious but where did you purchase this vehicle?  I am looking into purchasing a CPO 2014 BMW and would like to avoid these issues.

    • I did a CPO purchase of a 2011 3-series in 2013. CPO covered the AC evaporator, a $3k repair normally, for $50. Reallllly glad I had it. 

  5. I am a shattered BMW enthusiast. BMW has thrown in the towel on their vehicles as credible long-term products. Go to this link from their website http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte…/Warranty.aspx , look about half way down to “See what is not covered for CPO vehicles retailed on or after 1/1/2014”. The “not covered” list includes things like door locks, sunroof, electronics, bushings, struts, tie-rods, headlights, door handles, water leaks (not a joke), mounts (as in transmission and engine mounts, not a joke), light bulbs, interior dashboards (not a joke) and on and on. If your dash-board goes dark and it’s not covered, what’s the point behind “CPO” again? Seems kind of important. What’s worse, BMW used to sell policies for $1,500-$3,000 allowing you to upgrade their CPO “warranty” effectively to bumper-to-bumper coverage. They no longer do this. Some dealers try and get around it by working with third party insurers but the prices are staggering and that’s because these are PRECISELY the things that often fail on BMWs inside 60k-70k miles. I’ve owned 5 BMWs, have LOVED driving them, love the cars but have had chronic quality problems with all but one of them. Wonderful cars to drive but the changes to the CPO warranty and the lack of supplemental policies seems to be a clear flag that declining BMW quality makes these vehicles more toys for enjoyment rather than also being reliable vehicles for transportation.

    • Many of the “not covered” items you listed are considered “wear” items. All cars have pieces that are designed to be used up over time – for example, tires, clutches, light bulbs, struts and engine and transmission mounts are not intended to last the entire life of the car. If you found a place where it says all electronics are not covered, then that might be a warranty to avoid.

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