Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used BMW 3 Series sports?
The biggest risk you face is buying a car that has been previously stolen or crashed. A data check with a proper company is therefore a must, and do it yourself rather than take a dealer's word – that way you are compensated if the info you get is duff.
That aside, watch out for personal imports with less kit than UK cars - these will be hard to resell later for a good price.
A full service history with a main dealer or recognised specialist is essential for a good, fuss-free buy. And, while big mileages also hammer down future values, they can be a useful tool when you're negotiating a lower purchase price.
The BMW 3 Series is durable and can cover big mileages without needing much work. They've rated well in successive JD Power customer surveys and also on the What Car? Reliability Index.
Tracking on Sport models is sensitive and easily knocks out of true, ruining handling and wearing tyres fast. SO, be sure to give any Sport model a thorough test drive.