New cars sitting in dealership lots - how do they maintain?
How do they balance keeping them 'new' vs putting mileage/wear on them w/ any presumed maintenance measures?
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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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Well it depends how long we're talking about here, and where the vehicle is sitting.
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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?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.
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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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Knowing dealerships, you're lucky they didn't charge you extra for those options.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.