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Car sat idle at the dealer for 6+ months. Cause for concern?

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This is the part of my new car buying experience where I start OCDing over the little please bear with me. ;-)

I purchased my 2017 LT in Charlotte, NC a few weeks ago and according to the window sticker the car was initially delivered to a dealer up in Mystic, CT. The door jam sticker says it was manufactured in Aug. 2017 so I'm assuming it sat idle at the CT lot over the winter. Not sure why there was a dealer trade from NC to CT but I guess it's normal.

Assuming the battery was charged from time to time, would there be any concern with a Bolt sitting that long over the winter in that climate?
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I'd be more concerned about the aux battery, than the traction pack.
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According to this article, the Bolt (when unplugged) will wake up every 3 days and check the SOC of the 12v battery, and charge it if required for as much as 90 minutes. So guess the engineers at GM have thought of everything. :)

That works!

Whenever we'd travel out of LAX in the late '90s, we'd drive the EV-1, and park in Lot 6 (for free!). After a two-week trip, coming back to find a dead aux battery was not unusual, if the battery was more than a year or two old. Fortunately, we had a "boost button" under the dash that would siphon off some traction pack juice to get it started, then the DC-DC would take over.

That GM handled dead aux batteries in this manner twenty years ago, and the Bolt doesn't have this feature today is frankly puzzling.

Another nice feature the EV-1 had was that it would "warble" the horn at a low level if you pulled on the brights at low speed. It prevented pedestrians from jumping out of their shoes from a horn blast if you crept up on them in a parking lot.

I suppose the low-speed noise maker in the Bolt is supposed to take care of that.

It doesn't.
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