Regularly servicing your BMW is not only essential to keep the vehicle in working order, it is required to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty. If you purchase a new vehicle, make sure that for the duration of ownership all maintenance and repairs are properly documented. On the other hand, when purchasing a used BMW you will want to choose a vehicle with adequate service records. Currently, BMW keeps computerized records of all maintenance and warranty work completed at authorized BMW dealerships. If you own a new vehicle, or a pre-owned vehicle that has only been serviced at dealerships, it may be fairly easy to obtain complete service records. If your vehicle has been serviced at non-authorized dealerships, you will have to do a little more digging to come up with your vehicle maintenance history.
The easiest way to determine service records is to look in your owner’s manual. There is a maintenance record section in all owners’ manuals.