FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
Where can I find my nearest authorized?
To find your nearest BMW Military Sales agent, use the Contact link at the bottom of the page.
Can I buy a new BMW online?
No. You can however use our contact pages to find your nearest BMW Military Sales agent or to send a contact request via the ‘Meet with a sales agent’ link.
Can I request a test drive online?
Yes. You can request a test drive on this website. Just go to ‘Contact’ in the menu then click ‘Meet with a sales agent’.
Can I visit the BMW factory in Munich?
Yes, your authorized BMW Military Sales agent can arrange this.
Is the BMW Military Sales Program?
No. This program is independent and is sponsored directly by BMW in Munich; it is not connected with any other organization. The program was introduced over twenty years ago as a thank-you to US military personnel serving in Germany, for their efforts in maintaining peace in Europe. Since that time the program has evolved into one of the most successful programs of its kind and now serves US military personnel in several countries around the world.
Can I buy a new BMW through?
No. To qualify for the program, your duty station must be located outside the continental US and its territories, or you must be in possession of TDY/TAD orders at the time you place your order.
Is there a limit to the number?
Yes. Upon signing the Conditions of Purchase for new vehicles, you are obligated to restrict your purchase to a certain amount. The Military Sales Program in Munich has the right to withdraw or amend orders.
Can DoD civilian employees?
Yes. Both groups qualify to participate in the program providing the person holds a valid US military ID card and is assigned on official orders to a location outside the continental US and its territories.
What about the paperwork?
That’s where your BMW Military Sales agent comes in. You simply order your car, and the agent will take care of everything else. The agent will assist with import and customs clearance in your destination country, ensuring hassle-free purchase and delivery throughout the world.
Are prices in the program set?
No. That's the advantage of the Military Sales Program: you don't have to negotiate with a salesperson to get the best deal. The lowest prices have already been agreed on your behalf and set in US$, meaning they are unaffected by daily currency fluctuations. No agency within the Military Sales Program may arbitrarily alter the prices. The price you see is the price you pay and everyone pays the same!
May I custom order a BMW?
Yes, that’s actually how the majority of people place their orders through this program. Provided it is available for the normal BMW range in the United States, you may specify your own color and equipment configuration.
What happens if I need to withdraw?
When placing your order, you will receive written conditions regarding the non-availability of financing resulting in a subsequent refund of your initial down payment. The only requirement is that you apply for a loan within 10 days of placing your order so that availability of financing may be established as soon as possible.
What kind of warranty comes?
The car comes with a 24-month/unlimited-mileage warranty in Europe and a 48-month/50,000-mile warranty in the US. Both warranties commence on the date the car is first registered. Your local BMW Military Sales dealer can offer additional service packages at extremely reasonable prices.
Will the BMW Full Maintenance Program?
This particular program applies only in the US (48 months or 50,000 miles) and does not cover US models driven outside the US. However, this program is available when your BMW is shipped home to the States (providing it still falls within the mileage/time limits).
What shipping options are available?
There are two BMW options for shipping to the US. If you have taken delivery of your BMW in Europe, you should take advantage of our home shipment program. Shipment can be arranged either when you place your order or at a later date. Your car can be dropped off at one of several locations in Europe (Germany, Belgium, France, and Holland). From there it is taken by truck to the port of departure and shipped to one of five US ports of entry. Shipping generally takes around four weeks to the East Coast ports and six weeks to the West Coast. Either you or your legal representative can collect it from the port of entry.
For those unable to take delivery in Europe (navy personnel or military members stationed in remote locations such as the Middle East), our US delivery service offers direct shipment from the factory to a BMW dealership anywhere within the US. Please note: this option is not available to military personnel stationed in Germany.
Do all cars sold in this program conform?
Yes, not only do they conform fully to US federal regulations, they also fulfill all legal requirements in the state of California.
What should I know about Federal Import?
Import Tax is charged at 2.5% of the total value stated on the Bill of Sale. As a general rule the criteria for free (non-taxable) importation, are that the owner must have been stationed abroad for 140 consecutive days and must have taken physical possession of the vehicle while stationed abroad. A copy of official military (PCS) orders must accompany the vehicle and as some US ports of entry stipulate a minimum mileage requirement in order to avoid Import Tax, it is also recommended that your vehicle be shipped with a minimum of 500 miles at the time of import.
The rules may vary depending upon whether you are military, a civilian (GS) or a DoD contractor. If you are unsure, please check with the relevant department or by visiting the US Customs website at
What should I know about State Sales Tax?
As far as State Sales Tax is concerned, it is impossible to list definitive criteria, as each individual state views both rates and liability differently. As a general rule you should expect to pay some form of tax when registering your vehicle in the US. However, as a military person, you may qualify for exemption if the vehicle has already been bought and owned out of state (sometimes for a specified time period); this may also fulfill the criteria for exemption. It's always wise to try to obtain first-hand information from the appropriate local office. For an overview of the various State rates click here then navigate to the relevant section.
Neither the Military Sales Program, nor its representatives will be responsible for any form of tax liability on automobiles imported into the USA. As is universally the case, tax liability rests with the individual and ignorance of the appropriate legislation will not be considered as grounds for exemption.