BMW has announced a limited-time offer, running from February 2 through March 31, to extend the no-cost maintenance coverage on some U.S. Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) cars by an additional two years or 50,000 miles.
With this offer, buyers would be covered by warranty for six years or 100,000 miles from their original in-service date from new, as are all of the company's CPO vehicles, but after BMW's four years or 50,000 miles of full maintenance coverage normally expires, they'll get a complimentary two-year/50,000-mile upgrade, extending hassle-free driving into the years when maintenance might begin costing a little more.
BMW's included maintenance plan fully covers normal wear and tear, such as brake jobs, oil changes, and other maintenance, and even clutch replacement—receipts that could stack up to $1.800 without a plan, says BMW.
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The offer is good only on 2007 BMW 3-Series, 5-Series, and 7-Series models.
A quick scan of current CPO listings placed vehicles qualifying in this group as starting a bit above $25,000 for a 2007 BMW 328i, making it a more luxurious alternative to a number of sporty new compact or mid-size sedans like the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi, 2010 Mazda6, or (versus the '07 328xi) even the 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX or 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.
On those selected vehicles, the extended coverage is an alternative (you can't get both) to the discount 0.9-percent financing that's also being offered by BMW on most of its 2007-model-year Certified Pre-Owned lineup (and some 2008 models) through BMW Financial Services.
BMW isn't the only one offering special deals on certified pre-owned vehicles. Ford just started throwing in a six-month trial of Sirius satellite radio on CPO vehicles, and GM sweetened its finance terms by offering 3.9 percent for five years on Certified Used Pontiac G6 models.