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62% of all BMW vehicles checked on have at least one warning

Vehicle provenance check website has released a report which highlights the possible dangers of buying a used BMW.

My Car Check provide vehicle checks (commonly known as a HPI check) which alert buyers to potential problems with the legality or safety of a vehicle. By entering the vehicles registration number, the buyer is provided with information such as if the car has been written off, is stolen or has outstanding finance debt secured against it. This information allows the potential buyer to make an informed choice, whether to negotiate a better deal, or to avoid the vehicle altogether.

Based on all car checks carried out on the My Car Check website in 2015, the report found that BMW was the 4th most checked manufacturer in 2015, with the 320D SE being the most popular vehicle searched.

BMW was the third most likely marque to have a warning behind Land Rover and Mercedes. In terms of percentages, 62.8% of all BMWs checked had at least one warning with Mercedes on 64.4% and Land Rover with 65.8% of all checks.

In addition, the report found that BMWs were fifth most likely to have outstanding finance. 9.6% of BMWs had the warning, slightly less than Audi, who were top of the list, where the warning occurred in 11.7% of checks.

The good news was that only 16% of BMWs had a write-off warning and as little as 0.18% showing the vehicle recorded as stolen.

In terms of the value of the vehicles searched, the average BMW was valued at £6,897 and the most popular colour searched was black.


Read the full report “Making Better Used Car Choices” here.


Don’t forget, buying a used vehicle without first carrying out a check is taking a huge risk. Never buy a used car without checking its history first by downloading our app (available on iOS or Android devices), texting the reg to 83600 or visiting