After yesterday's test drive of the 2008 BMW E90 M3, I had a lot to think about last night. I was pretty certain the M3 would be my next car, but I was really struggling over the color. In fact, you might say I was obsessing over it. Jet Black or Sparkling Graphite? That was the real question. I asked for a couple of additional details to be buffed out inside and out before delivery, and now it was time for the paperwork...
I was serious enough about the Sparkling Graphite color in the M3 that I called around the Los Angeles area trying to locate one with the similar options that the Jet Black M3 I test drove had. After a couple of calls, I located almost the identical car down at Irvine BMW. Now I really needed to make a decision.
What did I do? Of course, I turned to the Internet and Google.
Some visits to some common BMW / M3 boards revealed something that I did not notice in the showroom. The Sparkling Graphite color has a distinct purple tint to it, especially in direct sunlight. I then looked at several pictures and really started noticing the purple. Not that a purple car is a bad thing, just not what I was looking for in my next car.
Since I decided on the car color last night, all I needed to do was make the purchase today -- assuming the Jet Black M3 was still available. Waiting for 10:00am for the dealership to open was a little painful. However, I placed a call before we headed out of church to reserve / put a deposit on the car.
After attending church in Malibu, we headed over to make the purchase. I mentioned the situation with the Sparkling Graphite to our sales person -- to which he replied, I almost pulled it out of the showroom to show you it in the sun. Still, Sparkling Graphite looks awesome in the showroom.
We walked over to take a look at "Jet Black" as it was being detailed and confirmed it was cleaning up nicely. It had just about every option I was interested in, including:
I always have to laugh about purchasing a car. In most cases, I have known and been happy with the price I paid before I came into the dealership -- and this time was no different. Then it comes time to meet with the finance person and be "up sold" a number of options that you may or may not need. In the case for the E90 M3, here were the options I was presented with:
As has always been the case -- I never agree to any of these add-ons during the sales process. In almost every case, they are significantly marked up from where you can get them elsewhere (for example when I buy my next set of tires, Costco will cover them with their included road-handler warranty) for much less or even free as was the case with the gap insurance. I am still perplexed how BMW chooses not to include two things with their premium vehicles -- an alarm system and floor mats. Actually, I guess I lied -- I did buy the floor mats at a cost of $130, cannot really go with that those. As I finished up the paperwork, I was mainly annoyed about the alarm. Pretty frustrating.
But, as soon as I was done and walked out towards the vehicle, I choose the forget all about that and enjoy the rest of the day with the new vehicle. I took a few minutes with the sales person to review the settings in the car, setting up my Blackberry with the Bluetood and connecting my iPod.
And then I drove off the lot, with my new 2008 BMW E90 M3 -- which means, for readers of this blog there are sure to be many posts in the upcoming months about the new car!
I asked for a couple of additional details to be buffed out inside and out before delivery, and now it was time for the paperwork...