• Establish your budget and decide on a make and model.
  • Research your chosen model.
  • To purchase through dealership verses private buying.
  • Questions to ask the seller.
  • Internet purchasing.
  • Service and maintenance requirements.
  • Pre-purchase inspections.
  • The signs of a past life.
  • The test drive.
  • Realistic not emotional purchasing.
  • Avoiding tricks of the trade.
  • Warranties and their true value.
  • Maintaining the value of your investment.
  • Conclusion.


Congratulations. In deciding that you want to own a German vehicle, you have taken the first step into a world of automotive excellence, excitement and pleasure. There are several steps you can take to ensure you are buying exactly what you believe you are buying and not get disappointed. This book is designed to take you through those steps.

Without getting involved with the idiosyncrasies of each make and model, this book will provide you with an overall knowledge to identify inspect and pay the appropriate price for the German vehicle of your choice. In general terms and expressions that anyone can understand, we will remove the apprehension and install confidence in this often tricky process, by you possessing the required knowledge.


The decision about which marque or model you prefer is entirely a personal one. Whether it is a practical choice for a family vehicle or a passion for the sports car you always wanted, your decision will be largely affected by your budget. It is imperative that you identify what your budget is inclusive of all the costs involved in the entire process. These will in-turn be affected by the type of vehicle and its value and location.

They can be as follows:

  • Purchase price
  • Inspection fee
  • Stamp duty
  • On-road insurance
  • Transport costs
  • Transfer & registration fees
  • Initial repairs or service

Identifying what your vehicle requirements are for your purchase will help you narrow the field and make an informed and practical choice. There are many makes and models all offering different options, creature comforts, safety features and aesthetics. Researching the variables will give you knowledge and therefore power when it comes to negotiating a price.


I cannot stress enough how important it is to do some research on the vehicle you have chosen. This will arm you with information that will help you avoid making a poor decision immensely.

The easiest and quickest way to obtain the relevant information on a model you are interested in is to look at car sales websites. This will give you a good overview of what you can reasonably expect to get for your dollar and provide much information about the variables with each model, plus provide you with an average kilometre figure for that model.

In the USA, the biggest independent car sales websites are:


In Australia, the biggest independent car sales websites are:


The next step is to search the internet for blogs on the vehicle you have chosen. There is something written and posted about every vehicle ever made (well almost) and if it is a popular model there will be whole sites dedicated to them, especially the classics. In turn if your chosen model has particular quirks or faults, there will be several pages of conversation and discussion on the various issues that model may have, that will provide you with much valuable information.

Once you have gathered some info on your chosen vehicle you will start to notice them more often in your travels, a phenomenon that constantly surprises me. Whenever convenient, stop and chat with the owner and find out first-hand how they feel about the vehicle. Being armed with some knowledge of the vehicle will enable you to fire a few questions at him (her) and again provide you, and possibly them, with much useful information.

Almost all owners of so called ‘lemons’ simply did not do their homework on their purchase and made a poor decision due to a lack of information on hand. This situation can be almost totally avoided with a little effort and I’m sure you will find the process interesting and informative. You can’t make an informed choice if you don’t know what the variables are.


We are so sure you will find this eBook great value, and the information revealed will save you much more than the price, we offer this no risk guarantee.

If you are not totally happy with the ebook, simply email us and we will refund your money, immediately!

We can’t be fairer than that so please order with confidence.

The Pace Auto Werks e-book will empower you with knowledge & everything you need to know and guide you through the often tricky process of buying a second hand German motor vehicle. Written in everyday language with lots of great pictures, this book is a must read before you buy and may be the most profitable $10 you ever spend.

  • Written by Simon Locke M.I.A.M.E. (Institute of Mechanical Engineers)
  • Certified Small Vehicle Repairer
  • Member- Motor Traders Association
  • Owner- Pace Auto Werks (German Car Specialists)


“It only took one of the tips in this book to save me WAY over the cost price, and there are many good tips.”

–Mark L (new owner BMW 325i)