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Old 03-04-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
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Buying a new car that sat on lot for a year?

Currently looking at a car that have been sitting on the lot since April of last year. Brand new car with 11km on it.

Have you had any experience with buying a car that sat on the lot for a year?
Is there anything to watch out for?
Should I change the oil and oil filter immediately?
Any major differences between 3 months on the lot compared to 12?

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Old 03-04-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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1st thing to ask is why was it sitting there for so long?
was it taken out routinely for drives by lot boys?
gas? gas sitting in a tank for such a long period of time can be bad.
is their lot a covered lot or open lot
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It was kept in an indoor storage facility
The km on the car is 11km
I'll inquire about the gas

How about the oil and oil filters? (synthetic oil)

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Seems highly suspicious that a car would sit for a year. One thing car dealers want is turnover - nothing should sit on the lot for an extended period of time.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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the 11km seems like transport km more than anything.
I would stay away from it. is it a weird colour combo or something?
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I bought my Mazda like that. Car was made late in 2006 as a 07 model. I bought it in March 08 as a factory clearance model and got myself a nice discount. The odo had some 50-ish km on it when I bought it. I changed the engine oil after the first 1k.

I've had zero problems with the car so far.
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What car is it?

Its not unusual for a year old model to be sitting on the lot. Signature Mazda had 3x 2010 MS3s sitting on their lot last year in October when I was looking. Even OpenRoad Toyota had a brand new 2009 Camry SE sitting around. Sometimes they just have those outliers that sits around. Granted.... it is Signature Mazda, I would trust them as much as I trust Richmond Subaru.....

If it has such low mileage like the one you are looking at, get a body guy or detailer to go look at the car with you to see if the car had previous damage during transit that had to be repaired. I would personally pick a detailer as there is a good chance that they will pick up body work than anyone else, and bring a paint thickness gauge as it will pick up instantly if it has been repainted.

Otherwise, bargain away. Have them siphon out the gas before delivery or something, get a good discount on the car, get an oil change, replace the filters and you should be good. Or even, see if you can get an extended test drive where you can bring it up to temperature and try out all the gadgets to make sure they all work.
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That's what we saw at burrard acura. Brand new 2011 RDX that was listed as a demo. When we went to see it they told us that in fact it wasn't a demo but actually a brand new car that had been lost in their computer system? and hadn't been started for a bit more than a year.
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It's a 2011 E Class.

It's a pretty conventional colour(silver) and dark brown seats with black interior

It's got most of the options with two lcds in the back, which I'm guessing is why they still have it.

I'll definitely do the oil change and filter, but should I go for 500-1000 km before doing it or change it on delivery?

Is siphoning the gas really necessary?
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Check and see if the dealership routinely charged the car (Ask to see a battery log form), there's a chance the battery might be faulty if it sat for so long. Batteries, especially for German cars are not cheap.
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+1 to check battery.


hopefully it has been charged regularly or started the car up regularly....

or do another request: change the battery before purchase. just a peace of mind.

shouldnt be a big issue if the car was stored indoors.
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Not rare to see a new one sit for a year, even more sometimes.... Sometimes they order a couple too many or people don't like the color combo, or special incentives don't apply to certain ones etc.
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^ Agreed. I work in the industry and there can often be cars that are on the books for over a year. Haven't heard of any unconventional issues associated with them.

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i bought my 08 1000RR in 2010 for a sick deal! @ 0 kms!!! off the showroom....

all they did was swap a battery for me, i took it easy first 1.5k km n got an oil change of course

wheelied first, second, n third gear! so i dun think it's really a problem unless it's sitting outside getting weathered then that might not be too good.....? in doors should be fine
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if the price is right, i dont see a problem.
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usually brand new cars come low on gas and when a customer purchases the car, they prepare the car (clean + wax) and adds a full tank of gas into the car IIRC, so it shouldn't really affect the car too much...
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Stay away. I leased a new BMW 325i back in 2002 which sat on the lot for 8 months. The dealer gave me a good price, can't remember how much I got off but it was good enough for me not to wait for a factory order. Anyhow, long story short, the car was a complete lemon. It had issues 3 weeks into ownership like faulty sensors, one tire losing air for no apparent reason and paint issues. The paint had sap like material which BMW couldn't remove even after numerous attempts and different detailers. The dealer finally gave up and decided to give my deposit back.

I refuse to buy a new car sitting on the lot for a long time, maybe my car was a lemon and had nothing to do with sitting on the lot but I would be cautious.
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You gave them a deposit and owned it for 3 weeks?
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i am pretty sure is fine. Since is a brand new car, you will have the full factory warranty anyway. As long as you think is a good deal, go for it.
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A year is not long for a car to sit. I just put my R/T pickup backon the road it had been sitting on the side of my shop outside for 1.5 years. Changed the oil fuelled it up and put in a fresh battery. When storing a newer car just dont leave lots of gas in the tank new vehicles have plastic tanks so rust isnt an issue. Older cars have steel tanks and people would store them full of gas to prevent them from rusting inside but then the gas goes bad and needs to be drained out and disposed of.
This dealership selling it if you do buy it make sure they change the oil and flush out the old gas if there is lots in it but thats about all it should get.
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