The Car Hunter: Chris Janssen


Checkmate-v1_CarHunter2There are a lot of exciting cars to be found and Competition BMW’s own Car Hunter, Chris Janssen, will do the detective work to find your dream car.

Chris has many years of experience in the field and has built a network of private resources that is second to none.

The rarity of a car doesn’t necessarily go by age, but by availability, and Chris knows where to find them. Check out his latest finds:


When an art collector from Bridgehampton contacted the Car Hunter, he was looking for a 2010 BMW 650i Coupe, and even though it’s only a few years old, it was hard to find.

Through his network of resources, Chris traveled to Buckhead, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta that is known as “Beverly Hills of the East.”

Some of Buckhead’s wealthiest and most famous residents include Elton John and Janet Jackson. Chris met with success and the car was found and brought back to Competition BMW and is being delivered next week.


When an attorney from Huntington contacted Chris, he was looking to purchase a 335is for his son, who had recently graduated from the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. He was specific about the added premium packages, low miles and it had to be Black Sapphire.

The Car Hunter put out his feelers and found a match on the secluded island of Key Biscayne, Florida that is accessible via the Rickenbacker Causeway that crosses the Biscayne Bay and is home to the Sony Open tournament every March. Chris made the deal and the car will now reside on the North Shore of Long Island.

New Orleans

A software developer from Smithtown was relocating to Minnesota (also known as Minne-snow-ta) and was looking for a CPO M3 Sedan with a Cold Weather Package to get him through the notorious Twin City winters. Ironically, Chris found this 2011 BMW M3 Sedan in the French Quarter of New Orleans.


A school principal from Nassau county wanted a white BMW 335i XDrive Coupe with coral red interior. She also wanted a manual transmission with the M Sport Package. Chris found the perfect car in Richmond, Virginia, one of America’s oldest cities and where Patrick Henry famously declared, “Give me liberty or give me death,” which led to the Revolutionary War.


A newly married couple wanted to trade in a Lexus and upgrade to an M3 Convertible. Chris found what they were looking for in Charleston, the oldest and second largest city in South Carolina. Named America’s Most Friendly City by both Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, Chris loves traveling to Charleston because of its friendly people.

Stay tuned for more updates from The Car Hunter!


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Checkmate Magazine appeals to the competitive side of the BMW driver who views life as a journey, not a destination. Someone who defines success not by winning or losing, but by how one responds to both. Checkmate is the first of its kind, a publication written exclusively for consumers by an automotive dealership.

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