Colombia's BMW importer Autogermana has become the first in Central and South America to launch a factory-certified used car programme.

BMW Premium Selection is the world-wide scheme that guarantees used vehicles after a 72-point check and special preparation. Cars that meet the standard are factory-certified and guaranteed for a year with no mileage limit. They also get a year's BMW Highway Assistance cover and the guarantee can be extended by another year.

In Colombia the programme can cover any BMW vehicle no older than three years, or run 60,000km (about 35,000 miles) but it must have been imported directly by Autogermana which guarantees its 'paperwork' is fully traceable.

Juan Vargas