BMW becomes first manufacturer to sell parts on eBay
BMW is to start selling car parts on eBay direct to consumers for the first time.
The German manufacturer has launched an online store on the auction website that sells everything from accessories such as roof racks, to basic service parts such as brake pads and oil filters.
It also lists a selection of aesthetic enhancements from the Performance arm of the brand, with carbon wing mirror caps and lightweight alloy wheels on offer. Don't expect to be able to kit your Corsa out with these things though – they are the real thing and are priced as such, with the alloys costing as much as £442.
Previously, owners have had to place orders for new parts via the official dealer network. All the parts ordered online will come with free postage and packaging and a two-year warranty.
"There are over 600,000 searches for BMW every month on eBay and BMW will now be able to access this existing, yet untapped customer base, while increasing its reach to the millions of other consumers who buy and sell on the site," said Angus McCarey, UK retail director of eBay.
At the moment the brand is not planning to offer anything more than parts, with a spokesperson insisting there are no plans to offer cars for sale on the internet site.