As legions of unsold cars are sitting unsold around the country, time may be taking its toll on their battery and tyres.
Stockpiling for a few months is alright, but if the cars lie dormant for a year or more it could lead to problems down the road for new buyers.
Inactivity may harm the tyres, the batteries and engines might suffer and rust could affect brake discs and exhausts.
If the cars are left to stand in fields, this could lead to interior damp or even mould problems, according to the Sunday Times Car Clinic column.
It begs the question what are the manufacturers doing to keep them in tip-top condition until the market picks up?
It’s an interesting situation posed yesterday by NB from Tamworth, Staffordshire.
Car Clinic suggests: ‘Prospective buyers should always check exactly when their newly registered car was manufactured. The car’s VIN (vehicle identification number) plate indicates this and a franchised dealer can also tell you.
‘Some of these problems can be fixed by a dealer at the point of sale, for instance by swapping the battery. Others, such as rust, are harder to detect or attend to. You have identified another looming problem for the beleaguered car industry.’
Oliver Hall, etyres Operations Executive