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Is there any truth to the advice that one should avoid buying a certain automobile model in either the first or the last year of production? I am currently considering a Pontiac grand prix and have a choice of a 2007 or 2008 model. However I read that 2008 is the last year for the Grand Prix. I test drove two 2007 models and found minor defects in each (A/c took 5 mins,. before it blew cold air and the power locks did not work. I checked the date of production (11/06) so the cars had been sitting on the lot for 9 months. Does sitting idle for so long create any long term problems for a new vehicle? I

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Don, I must admit that I shy away from purchasing the first year production of a new model, never heard about the last year. As far as "leftover cars" goes, machines do not do well just sitting. They need to be used. 9 months is a long time for the vehicle to be sitting around. If I found two models with defects such as the AC not working well and the power locks not working, I think I

Jenny Trostel, Partner at Anderson of Hunt Valley A car that has been sitting on the lot for a long period of time can have some minor problems when it sold. This is not always the case though. Buying a car in the first model year can be more problematic than buying a car that is in the last model year. If a car has been sitting for a while, you might get a better deal. Buying a leftover is a good way to get a good deal. Good Luck!

Shelly LoCascio, Dealer Principal  at Irwin Lincoln Mercury Mazda Don, I have been in the automobile business for 30 years and really can

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