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New cars sitting in dealership lots - how do they maintain?

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New cars sitting in dealership lots - how do they maintain?

I'm curious about what dealerships have to do in order to maintain cars that have literally been sitting in lots for 1-3 years, do they have to drive them or warm the engine or anything of the sort to keep them roadworthy? They can't just leave them sitting there untouched for years, right?

How do they balance keeping them 'new' vs putting mileage/wear on them w/ any presumed maintenance measures?
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Curious about this too, seems like a lot of work. I drive by a lot full of new Mercedes regularly in Vaughan and always look out for this new AMG GT that I am pretty sure has not moved from its spot since the summer ...
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that's their trophy cars. They have no intention to sell them, maybe they want full MSRP $ for them, hence, they will simply sit there and let mother nature takes care of it.
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Best case it would have a battery trickle charger attached to it.

Otherwise it would just sit there and they would address any issues with the vehicle on delivery.

Maybe it would get moved around from time to time.
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xjesterxx wrote: Best case it would have a battery trickle charger attached to it.

Otherwise it would just sit there and they would address any issues with the vehicle on delivery.

Maybe it would get moved around from time to time.
That's what I'm ignorant about, what issues could pop up if they left it untouched (save for dead spots on the tires)?
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fluids will need to be changed, wipers, brakes
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tranquility922 wrote: That's what I'm ignorant about, what issues could pop up if they left it untouched (save for dead spots on the tires)?
Well it depends how long we're talking about here, and where the vehicle is sitting.

If it's in the showroom with a battery maintainer, it will be moving every now and again, and I doubt you'd get flat spots.

There shouldn't be many cars sitting for more than 300 - 400 days at any dealership.
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xjesterxx wrote: Well it depends how long we're talking about here, and where the vehicle is sitting.

If it's in the showroom with a battery maintainer, it will be moving every now and again, and I doubt you'd get flat spots.

There shouldn't be many cars sitting for more than 300 - 400 days at any dealership.
1-3 years, so if kept indoors, if they do the battery trickle and move it around (to avoid flat spots), everything else should be alright? Another poster mentioned brake fluid needs to be changed. Nothing needs to be done re the engine?
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New ones will generally be in "transport mode" or have a fuse removed to disable battery draining components. Batteries can last for a long time this way.
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just an example near my office as I do my regular lunch break walks every day. There is a Ford/Lincoln dealer with a beige color Lincoln MKZ (should be MY2018) parked in front of the dealer since Mar 2018 (at least), the car has probably been moved a couple of times at the early going and since then, it sat there untouched. I can see the brake rotors are rusted heavily, tires seem to be have lost some air and the paint is totally neglected and would need a real pro to get that corrected if sold.
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Yup, I'm not really concerned about the battery, that's easily replaceable. Just wondering if any long-term detrimental effects if the dealer doesn't properly maintain, if any steps are necessary at all, besides trickle charger and changing brake fluid and moving it around periodically to avoid flat spots.
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one of the reasons when i do buy new, I do a factory order rather than buying off the lot.
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peelhic wrote: one of the reasons when i do buy new, I do a factory order rather than buying off the lot.
Not every car has that option and buying off lot sometimes gives you the best discounts because there is associated storage cost to dealers.
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I assume they unplug the battery and the gas already has stabilizer added in.

Maybe bring a jump starter and some fuel with them in case when picking up the car if it's been sitting for too long on their storage lot?
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peelhic wrote: one of the reasons when i do buy new, I do a factory order rather than buying off the lot.
This is the safest plan if you have the time and money.
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billford wrote: New ones will generally be in "transport mode" or have a fuse removed to disable battery draining components. Batteries can last for a long time this way.
A long time is relative... Lead Acid batteries typically self-discharge at a rate of 10% per month so after 6 months the battery is close to empty even without those battery draining components.
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My brand new, 11km Mazdaspeed 3 (manufactured Sept 2009, sold Dec 2010) was delivered with an etched bird shit patch on the rear hatch, a nice long scratch on the upper panel near the roofline, and two wasp nests. The nests were empty, so I feel a bit cheated out of my free bees.
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Elusivellama wrote: My brand new, 11km Mazdaspeed 3 (manufactured Sept 2009, sold Dec 2010) was delivered with an etched bird shit patch on the rear hatch, a nice long scratch on the upper panel near the roofline, and two wasp nests. The nests were empty, so I feel a bit cheated out of my free bees.
Knowing dealerships, you're lucky they didn't charge you extra for those options.
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