Every BMW CPO vehicle comes with a two-part warranty. First, you get the remainder of the BMW 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty. When that portion expires, either by time or miles, a separate, less comprehensive 1-year/unlimited-mile warranty goes into effect.
BMW emphasizes that this is not an extension of the original warranty. There are numerous items excluded from coverage, and the list makes a pretty convincing case to consider purchasing an extended auto warranty in addition to the 1-year/unlimited-mile warranty that is provided for free.
What Does BMW’s CPO Warranty Cover?
The CPO warranty includes powertrain and bumper-to-bumper coverage. Some companies offer longer powertrain warranties than bumper-to-bumper plans, but BMW includes everything under one warranty. The BMW CPO warranty covers major parts of the car, including:
- Air conditioning and heating
- Cooling system
- Final drive assembly and driveshaft
- Fuel system
- Interior and exterior features
What BMW’s CPO Warranty Does Not Cover
The BMW certified pre-owned warranty does not cover many maintenance and wear parts, which is consistent across other brand warranties in the industry as well. Parts not covered include:
- Engine drive belts
- Brake pads and rotors
- Spark plugs
- Air conditioning refrigerant
- Hoses (including clamps and connectors)
- Windshield wiper arms and blades
BMW’s CPO warranty does not cover tires or wheel alignment, but the tire manufacturer’s warranty may still apply. (Ask your BMW dealer regarding specific CPO vehicles.)
Some items that are not covered and can be expensive to replace include exhaust systems, such as catalytic converters and diesel engine particulate filters.
More critically, the BMW CPO warranty does not cover a large number of suspension components, including:
- Ball joints
- Coil springs
- Control arms and brackets
- Stabilizer bar links and supports
- Strut elements and shock absorbers
- Steering tie rod ends and adjusting sleeves
That doesn’t leave much of the suspension left to be covered. Other manufacturers may cover more suspension components. For example, Audi specifically lists coil springs, control arms, and stabilizer bars as covered suspension components under its CPO warranty.
The list of body-related items not covered by the BMW CPO warranty is also quite extensive. Some highlights include water leaks, various structural parts, body panels, squeaks, rattles, and body seals and gaskets.
Other BMW CPO Warranty Benefits
BMW’s Roadside Assistance covers the basics, including battery jump-starts, delivery of fuel or operating fluids, tire changes, and lockout services. It also provides towing to the nearest authorized BMW dealer for mechanical issues, hazard damage, or even an accident.
Don’t expect a tow truck automatically, however. If your BMW CPO vehicle breaks down for not being able to start, BMW employs what it calls a Master Technician Team to attempt to diagnose the problem remotely. Using the car’s telematics technology to access vehicle data and warning messages, the team may be able to recommend over the phone some steps you can try.
In addition, BMW Roadside Assistance includes trip interruption assistance for certain repairs that leave you without transportation while far from home. This benefit will help arrange alternate transportation or hotel accommodations and will reimburse your out-of-pocket costs up to $1,000 per incident.