Used BMW Information
BMW, or Bavarian Motor Works (Bayerische Motoren Werke) is a German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer that was founded in 1916. BMW owns the Mini brand as well as the Rolls-Royce brand and produces motorcycles as BMW Motorrad. In common parlance, BMW cars are often referred to as "Bimmers" and motorcycles as "Beamers." BMW is one of the Big 3 German luxury automakers, the other two being Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
In 1917, the Rapp Motorenwerke restructured as BMW and the company ceased building aircraft engines after WW I and began producing motorcycles after the Armistice. The company began building cars in 1928. Through the years, the company built iconic cars, such as the Isetta with its fascia opening as the door, and others. In the 1990s, despite some difficulties and changes, the company prospered and purchased the Rover group, which included Rover, Land Rover, MG, Austin and Morris. With these assets incurring losses, however, BMW sold them (they became MG Rover and Land Rover respectively), but kept the Mini brand, which it launched in 2001 with the New Mini (now the Mini Cooper).
In the used car and motorcycle market, BMW is well-represented with the company offering some of the most popular models on the road. Popular motorcycles include the R1200RT, the S1000RR, the K-series, and others.
In used cars, many Bimmers are seen on the market, commanding respect due to their luxury and presence. Resale values remain good for BMW vehicles, and the 3-series and 5-series sedans are well-liked. The sporty BMW Z4 is a hard-to-get car that is much-coveted. Now, four years after its introduction, the X3 is being seen in the used marketplace as well as the X5 and X6.