5 Tips for Getting the Best Deal on a BMW Project Car

January 27, 2012

A BMW project car is a great way to own of these popular German vehicles without spending too much money. However, even a project car needs to be approached with caution to make sure you get the best deal. So, here are a few tips for finding the perfect older BMW project car at the best price.

Consider how Much Work You're Willing to Do

If you're willing to do some of the restoration work on a project car yourself, you can save a lot of money. So, think about how much work you're really willing to do, and if you have the time or not to restore the vehicle. Sometimes, you may find a buyer that has started a project car and has not been able to finish. So, buying this type of vehicle can save you thousands of dollars.

Don't Forget the Junk or Salvage Yards

When shopping for a BMW project car, make sure to include junk and salvage yards in your search. Start with local junkyards, and also search for salvage yards on the Internet that may have a BMW car that can be restored. If you can find a discarded BMW vehicle, the price savings can be huge.

Buy Parts Online and Save Money

When you need to buy BMW vintage parts needed to restore your project car, make sure to search online and compare prices to find the best deals. These days, there are many specialty retailers and even junkyards that sell used parts you can use in the restoration of your BMW project car. Be methodical and patient in your search for parts and don't simply buy at the first website you find. Also, make sure to include shipping and handling costs when comparing prices for any parts you may need.

Find a Motivated Seller

When you are shopping for a project car, you'll probably spend a lot of time browsing ads on Internet sites that allow people to post old cars for sale. When browsing through ads for BMW project cars, look for key terms that can help you determine if the seller is truly motivated or not. For instance, look for phrases such as "must sell", "urgent sale", "need money now" or other terms that usually indicate that the seller needs to sell a BMW project car quickly. When the seller needs to sell their old BMW in a matter of days, and not months, they may be willing to accept a lower selling price.

Don't be Afraid to Negotiate

Finally, don't be afraid to negotiate with the seller of a BMW project car. Even though most of these types of cars are rare and can be expensive, there is almost always room for a negotiated discount. However, before you ask for a discount, make sure you do enough research to substantiate your request for one. Make sure you have compared prices on similar BMW project cars, and always be courteous when asking for a discount.

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