My Review Of eImports4Less Auto Sales:
Let's see. This was an interesting purchase, so I want to give anyone considering these guys a blow by blow to explain what to expect. But for those that don't want to read, I'm very happy with my purchase.
First off, I bought a 2006 Imola Red Z4M. It had around 2500 miles on the clock when I picked it up and is just over 3000 right now. I haven't discovered anything out of the ordinary with the car, and as far as I can tell so far, everything is as described.
First experience, I called and said I was interested in the car. I believe it was Mike that told me "it was a very rare car and they really don't like people test driving." Fine. I can understand that. I told him I was coming down from about an hour and a half away, and he said that he'd be OK with me taking it for a test drive. I came in a couple days later, and had Rich show me the car. He was pretty insistent that a test drive was the last thing we'd do. Fine. We talked numbers, I knocked a couple bucks off the price (gotta love that "I like nice round numbers" speech), and then I was offered a test drive. Long and short, there are a lot of people complaining about being railroaded into buying the car before they test drive it. That's not true. I sat in a chair for 15 minutes, talked about the price, then I was offered a test drive. Honestly, it's a used car dealership. It's not a BMWNA dealer, don't be frustrated when they want to try and hook you in talking money before they give you a test drive. Regarding this aspect, I would say that this is not the place to go when looking to see what you like - come there with something in mind, and be serious about purchasing.
After the test drive, I was enamored. I put a down payment down on the car that night and told them that full payment would be forthcoming. I didn't finance through their affiliated banks and lenders. I got home that night, wildly excited. I've been eying this model for a while, and I was excited to find one in such a great condition with so few miles.
Then I read the reviews. And I freaked out. Lots of people complaining about a lack of support and "it's as-is" talk. So I was wildly worried. But I didn't want to let the car go, I felt pretty committed to the idea, and had some money set aside for any issues that may have come to light upon a proper inspection.
I pick the car up a week later, and drove it an hour and a half home. The entire time, I was listening for any noise indicating I had made a horrible decision. I heard none. The following day, I brought it to my local dealer (who had serviced my former 2004 X3 and my current 2008 328xi) and had them inspect it. They said they couldn't find any faults with it, it was in amazing condition for a 2006. I breathed a sigh of relief, and slowly stopped listening for scary noises.
Long and short, I feel like I got what I paid for. A really good car, at a really good price, but it still is what it is - a used car from a used car dealer. Understand when you're not dealing with an official dealer, things tend to be a little less supported (in this car, not supported at all), but you should go in with proper expectations.
I'm happy, and I think you'd be happy. If I were to make any changes, I would have had a PPI done before I picked it up. This worked out for me, but it could have gone south. Just do your homework and you'll be fine. They're actually pretty nice people. There's one sales guy with BMW posters plastered all over his office and he came running out to say congrats on taking the M, it was a great car. When you buy a car "as-is," you should just have proper expectations.
Here are pics from a recent ///M drive with friends around town: http://marcosdev.blogspot.com/2013/06/z4m-finally-m.html
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