A lot of people have asked me about vehicles in the game, maybe they see the survivors in 'Walking Dead" zipping around in their brand new cars and they wonder "why not me?" Well I'm here to post a couple of thoughts I have on the subject.
This game premise takes place about one year after the collapse of society and complete loss of infrastructure. That means that for a year, no power plants are running, no oil refineries are running, no Oil Pipelines are pumping, no gas trucks are delivering, and any surplus gas, from the big refineries right down to the last 1/4 of a tank in every car, moped and motorcycle is sitting, for 1 year, provided it wasn't used up, scavenged or siphoned in that 1 year period.
So just for the sake of argument, let's say you do find a nice car with a full tank of 1 year old gas. The keys are in it, the tires have held air, it all looks good. Jump in and drive right? I don't think so. I hate to be a bummer, but have you ever let a car sit for three or four months without trying to start it? It doesn't start about half the time, the battery is dead. Well, wait a year, and the chances of that effectively increase ten fold.
But forget the battery, let's say the car battery ignores the laws of physics.
The gasoline is likely turned to gel, as the volatile ingredients in gasoline evaporate and the solution separates over a fairly short amount of time, (2-3 months). After a year, the tank is likely filled with what is essentially varnish, and water (from condensation).
Sorry to be a downer here, but on the bright side, for those of you looking to increase your search range, I am introducing vehicles soon, they are non motorized, but will get you where you're going.