BMW Premium Selection certified pre-owned cars – we visit Auto Bavaria’s Glenmarie outlet to learn more


New year, new car. As we approach the end of 2012 and the start of a brand new year (time flies, doesn’t it?) some will be looking for a new ride to upgrade to. As our otofest car sales carnival held two weekends ago showed, appetite for premium cars remain strong – the two-day event saw a Nissan GT-R, two BMW X6s, an Audi A5 Sportback, Audi S5 and a Toyota Vellfire 3.5, among other cars, find new homes.

We’ve already wrote a piece on grey import car maintenance, touching on international car warranty, adoption packages and insurance warranty, among other things, but for some, buying a grey import is out of the question. Peace of mind is the main priority when it comes to making such a big investment.

If you have the same line of thought, official pre-owned cars are a safer bet. Used car prices with new car security, that’s the promise. A few premium marques offer such certified used car programmes, and we pay the BMW Premium Selection outlet in Glenmarie a visit to find out more.


BMW Premium Selection (BPS) started in 2008 with this Glenmarie outlet, which is the biggest such outlet in Malaysia and probably ASEAN. Run by Auto Bavaria, it’s located next to the major dealer’s BMW 4S Centre along Persiaran Kerjaya. The standalone showroom is a two-floor, 28,000 square feet building with a café, touch-up centres and PDI bays.

“The selection is great. We have 80 cars here and 80 cars more in the system,” said Dean Brigham, managing director of Auto Bavaria.

He is right. We can see everything from a 118i to a 640i Convertible. There’s also a sexy E89 Z4 in the corner, a dark blue sDrive35is example that’s as good as new. A grey 2008 E92 335i Coupe with a double-digit number plate is going for RM238,800. Hmmm…


Brigham explains that BMW’s approved used car programme takes in cars with documented vehicle history (serviced at official BMW dealers with original parts) and puts them through a 72-point check.

Cars that pass the test (DIY modded cars won’t, but genuine BMW add ons are allowed) will be refurbished both visually and technically at the dealer’s cost before being put on sale. Typically, accepted cars are below five years of age, with less than 100,000 km mileage.

If the car is still under factory warranty, it will be transferred to the new owner along with any BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI) still applicable. A minimum of one-year BMW factory warranty is standard with BPS cars, along with one-year free scheduled service and BMW Roadside Assistance. Buyers can choose to extend the warranty, at a fee.


Peace of mind doesn’t come free, does it? “The benefits far outweigh any price premium, plus some cars can’t be procured outside,” Brigham replied, adding that BPS customers also get to enjoy the same innovative financing deals offered by BMW Credit (step-up financing, baloon payment, etc) to new car buyers.

Another major factor is the “real premium experience” a BPS owner will enjoy, so there’s no need to hang out under the cherry tree should any issue arise. Garnish comes in the form of BMW White Card membership.

BMW Premium Selection is a growing business, and since 2008, they’ve sold over 2,500 vehicles under the BPS banner. This year’s target of 800 units will be exceeded. Moving forward, BMW Group Malaysia is working on a similar certified pre-owned programme for the MINI brand called MINI NEXT. No timeline revealed for that one, just “in the near future”, so stay tuned.

If you’re in the market for a BMW and don’t mind a few miles on the clock plus the slight loss of “new car smell” in exchange for five-figure savings, check out Auto Bavaria’s BMW Premium Selection outlets in Glenmarie and Sungai Besi, KL.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • vincent on Dec 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Price is not very sincere…

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  • Villanbeamer on Dec 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Ermahgerd!!!!!!!!!!!! Total cheapness!!!!!!!! Though my budget is very little, rm270k for a Car. I wish i had a budget of over RM350K. I try not to look like im poor in this world.

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  • my father just bought 335i white..totallly save our just 4995..good service BMW..n il wait for the next MINI NEXT.. :D

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  • sudonano on Dec 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    BMW premium selection is not bad. Some are in good condition, especially test drive units. But some of the units are really messy, like this X5 2008 MY I saw which had soiled carpet mats!

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    • Megane on Dec 19, 2012 at 12:25 am

      Haiya , just change the carpet mats la bro what’s so difficult about it

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      • Ahlong on Jul 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm

        Spoilt Brad what do you expect bro, back end also somebody wipe, scared hand dirty Maa.. inside dirty money dirty OK what?

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  • Kelvin on Dec 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    is there a same one for mercedes benz. There is one by Hap Seng star for mercedes but I saw very few selections dun even have E class at all

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  • Sabahman on Dec 19, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I hope BNW Premium Selection can give some competition on honesty and quality to the usual roadside used car dealers. Roadside used car dealers in Malaysia are selling flood cars, accident cars, cars built from two joined wrecks and they often “adjust” the mileage down so a 200.000 km car becomes a 50.000 km car. I want nothing to do with such crooks.

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    • Haha Sabahman u r referring to FL, FM and M2 motors in KK? Biasalah plus recond car only gives u 3 to 6 months warranty Max.

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  • gOOsh on Dec 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

    alah beli menang pakai la bro…

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  • Cosmo Artemis on Dec 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Is it a good decision to buy a BMW?

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    • Sam Loo Jr on Dec 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      No! Buy a camry much better. Low maintenance and Very good RV and Prestige!!

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      • Jeremy Clarkson on Dec 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        Seriously!! Jeezzz!! Another mention of “RV”, I’ll Die!!

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      • Ahlong on Jul 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm

        Carry Osorio can make into kereta Sapu, got good prestige, Toyota please….lousy car , no feeling

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        • Ahlong on Jul 16, 2016 at 1:42 pm

          Aiyahh.. Camry la. So stupid one this apple phone, I type different apple come out different , liama hai

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  • i recently bought a PreOwned BMW from Ingress Auto. Really happy with their service and the car that was on dispay. clean n looking like new. bought a 118i Executive Edition for RM 150k with only 6600km on the clock. was used by BMW Malaysia for some event i think. comes with the same new car warranty, total piece of mind for a owning a BMW.

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  • what are PDI bays?

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  • investment? car is a depreciated asset so it’s not an investment

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  • silverwave on Dec 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I went to see the car last week, a 323i caught my attention but it’s more than RM20k higher than those advertised in papers/by the owners. Is it worth to get the 1 year free service and 72 point check for the additional RM20k?

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  • I really recommend the BPS, bought an e90 325i sports edition with only 13km mileage, that mileage is including the drive from BPS to puspakom back and forth for inspection. When I paid for the down payment, the mileage was only 7km! I’m still covered under factory warranty and BSRI.

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