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Nice Beemer

Ordinarily, being the proud owner of a high calibre car such as the BMW 1 Series may put a dent in your hard earned wages, not this time...

Published on August 24th 2006.

Nice Beemer

You’ve got the bachelor pad, you’re shooting up the corporate ladder and you’ve almost got the trophy girlfriend. You really are going places. But you ain’t going nowhere mate in that hunk o’ junk sat in your parking space. What you need is a nice set of wheels.

Ordinarily, being the proud owner of a high calibre car such as the BMW 1 Series may put a dent in your hard earned wages and the thought of borrowing £20,000 or so from the bank makes you immediately screech to a halt.

However there is a solution that won’t give you sweaty palms and endless nights of balancing figures to justify a purchase – Buying a car on finance.

Finance means paying set monthly payments over an agreed time and for an agreed mileage. This can be from as little as six months to five years dependent on what your specific requirements are. At the end of the term you can either hand the keys back or agree a lump sum to buy the car.

The other real bonus to getting a car on finance is that you don’t necessarily have to put down a huge deposit, which also helps free up any money you might already have tied up on your current car to spend on other things.

The hassle of selling the car in Auto Trader is removed, and you don’t have to suffer the monotony of humouring timewasters who simply fancy a family outing of test driving cars on a Sunday. And there isn’t the pain of selling your car under its price which is often what happens in order to get the thing off your hands.

On finance, the car is brand spanking new so the warranty normally covers anything that goes wrong, which means no added mechanical costs. It’s a much easier ride than owning your own car. You just hand the car back and don’t have to worry about the residual value of it.

For more information on finance deals on the BMW 1 Series from Williams click here.

So how does the BMW 1 Series fair? Well it’s a BMW for starters – just the badge earns it serious Brownie points. It gives you respect on the road but it’s not going to have idiots trying to race you at the lights like the 3 Series or the 6 Series. No, the 1 Series is fun loving, with a little bit of cheek. It’s got understated sex appeal without having to rev the engine or bounce the speakers off the tidy interior.

Performance wise the engines range from a 1.6 petrol to a throbbing 3 litre M Sport. There’s also a nifty diesel which has masses of torque, power and fuel economy. The 1 Series isn’t a speed demon like the Z3, but that’s not why you would be buying one. It allows you to comfortably cruise on the motorway and is nippy around town when the traffic is bumper to bumper and you need to flip in and around those one way streets with the dexterity of an Olympic gymnast.

And the best part? When you’ve had enough of Terry Wogan’s gags and you can predict which song is going to come on next on your CD player, BMW have saved our ears and sanity with an IPOD connection.

For more information on finance deals on the BMW 1 Series from Williams click here.

Vanessa Lees
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