A guy bought it in an auction at a storage lot. The owner parked it there about a year to 18 months ago and left it. I live in the Phoenix area to give you a little weather perspective.
Back to the story. The new owner has the title, but he has no key. Can a BMW dealer do that if I have the VIN? What if the ignition was changed out w/o dealership involvement, would that mean if I got a key from them it might not work?
I went out to look at the car baking in the sun. It was 108 today. The paint is peeling, the front windshield is cracked. The engine compartment is a little dusty from sitting and looks like it could use a valve cover gasket. The front left fender is damaged and needs to be replaced, but the damage did not get to the hood of the car and the fender damage is really minor. The car is a 5 speed, but I will need a key to put a battery in the trunk and try to crank it over, right?
The owner is asking $550 for it. Odometer says 235,000 and nobody really knows anything about the car other than it was driven there and parked.
Could this be a nice purchase for me or do you guys recommend I just let this one go? They seem to be hard to find in good condition and I want a 5 speed.