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I may be a little late. But I'm looking to get a deal on a 2014 ATS. I found one with a build date 2013 at a dealer.....I was concerned. Then I found another one.... And I'm thinking I may just have to live with it. I am told to car has not been put in service yet.

This car has been at the dealer for almost 2 years....what should I be worried about? Should I ask to replace all the fluids? Is there any hard that could of been done?

Dealer says it's still perfect but all I hear is bull shit when those guys talk lol
 

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I may be a little late. But I'm looking to get a deal on a 2014 ATS. I found one with a build date 2013 at a dealer.....I was concerned. Then I found another one.... And I'm thinking I may just have to live with it. I am told to car has not been put in service yet.

This car has been at the dealer for almost 2 years....what should I be worried about? Should I ask to replace all the fluids? Is there any hard that could of been done?

Dealer says it's still perfect but all I hear is bull shit when those guys talk lol
You're probably fine. How many miles does it have?
 

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I would be worried about lot rot. That vehicle has been sitting there exposed to all of the outside elements including all of the moisture underneath the car. Not good on some of the steel components and also the brakes.
 

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It has 100 miles on it. Something about I having to be moved to a different lot during construction. I bet it's been sitting for a bit.

Right now in thinking oil change, New gas, coolant check. And then I rly hope there are no flat spots on the tires.

The environmental effects would happen regardless....Unless the coating has been compromised I don't expect there to be any issues with this. Well not right now at least, maybe in 8 years but I'm not panning on having it for that long lol.

I've read things about rubber rot and engine seals but I'm not sure if that applies to a modern car.
 

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I worked at car dealerships when I was in HS and college. Those cars are always being turned on and moved around.
 

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The warranty starts when they put it in service so make sure they get the date right on that. I would expect your battery will go faster than expected so see if warranty will cover it and for how long.
 

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The car should be fine, if the tires have an issue that will be apparent early on. The battery is under the full vehicle warranty so even if it dies just outside of the 4 year warranty I would expect the discount you are negotiating on the ATS will more than offset that slight cost :)

Make sure after the vehicle is fully cleaned up at the dealer you look over everything carefully for dings, wheel scrapes, etc.; stuff that can happen while it is sitting around. Make sure any ECM updates and open recalls are done before you pick it up.
 

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Thanks for the feedback.

I didn't think it would be an issue but the dealer isnt telling me anything when I ask. I can't help but think there is something wrong.

the dealer says its in his showroom right now and he still cant tell me anything about the condition other than its new lol. he should know! especially if its already right in front of him!
 

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I wouldn't worry about it too much. Tires are good for 6-8 years depending on conditions, interior/exterior hasn't seen anything more than most of the rest of cars. Interested in seeing what the car says is percentage of oil life left. With all of the factors that go into it, including time, I would assume close to zero. So have them replace it.

If tires are flat spotted you would notice it right away. With my weekend car they seem to be flat spotted come Spring (sits over the Winter) but once I drive for about 5 miles they are fine.
 

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I for one experienced a 1 year old (in lot) car (not the ATS) , where the moisture formed on the back side of the brake rotors, turning to rust spots and pre-mature rotor failure. When car was not used regularly, the tiny rust spots manifested into pock mark cavities. Didn't see them since they were on the backside.
 

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Superlicious, my build date is July 2013, and the dealer received my car in August. I bought it in December 2014, so it sat around for almost a year and a half. I just hit 5,000 miles and so far no problems. The car had 150 miles on the odometer when I got it, and the oil life was at 50%. I drove it very gently for the first half tank, figuring that the dealer filled it with regular 87 octane. As soon as I hit the half mark, I filled it with 91 premium. Also, when I hit 1,000 miles I changed the oil. My advice to you is to make sure the car is clean and detailed before you take delivery of it. Mine had a ton of dirt in the door sills, under the hood, and the driver's footwell. It also had a thick layer of greasy film on the inside of all the windows. I had the car washed and detailed and paid the guy extra to make sure the windows were clear of the greasy film. The car also had two inch-long scratches, which the dealer said (verbally) he would touch up. I should have had them put it in writing on the "Due Bill", because when I went back later to have them touch up the scratches they said it was not part of the "Due Bill". They also said the scratches were too deep and the whole section would have to be repainted. I was upset but mostly with myself for being stupid and not having put the touch up promise in writing, that's what I get for trusting people, but that's my fault. So just make sure the car is detailed and has no scratches, change the oil, and fill it with premium 91 fuel as soon as you can. You should be good to go!! Plus, you might get a good discount for buying one that's been on their lot for so long.
 

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Thanks for the feedback.

I didn't think it would be an issue but the dealer isnt telling me anything when I ask. I can't help but think there is something wrong.

the dealer says its in his showroom right now and he still cant tell me anything about the condition other than its new lol. he should know! especially if its already right in front of him!
Well, maybe he can't say more than it's new. If it's new, there can't be anything wrong with it. It has no history. Just follow the advise given to you by forum members. Look it over very carefully for scratches, etc. Everything else is under warranty, so quit worrying and negotiate a good deal and go for it.
 

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I purchased my 2006, 6 speed 6.0 Pontiac GTO in 2008 with 2,000 miles on it. The son of the Pontiac dealers owner purchased the car in 2006 and drove it occasionally with a dealer plate, other than that it spent lots of time sitting on the lot. It was never even titled to anyone. It was a rare combination of options and he was planning on keeping it as an investment, but decided to sell and order a G8 GXP.

Anyway I could not find any issues from it pretty much sitting for 2.5 years and it was a flawless car from when I got it to when I sold it with 75k miles

I wanted to add that I personally knew the guys at this dealer and know although 2,000 miles were put on this car over the 2.5 years from time of factory delivery to when I purchased it that it sat on the lot as a nice eye catcher.
 

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Hopefully the deal is awesome. There's a lot of depreciation on that car. If you don't plan to hold it many years, a low miles used may be a better choice.
 
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