Originally Posted by Cyreen
Having read all that, I still think it may have been a car Jolene "borrowed". I think she intended to take Clem (had her hat waiting for her and everything) and needed supplies and that the hoodie in the car was intended for Clem all along. I think being a bit of a wingnut and not really caring about the car, she left it running with the door open while she went to get the cart from her camp to haul supplies. The car ran out of gas in the meantime and the headlights could have been daytime running lights. Consider the timeline, the game starts and Lee is handing out afternoon rations and ends just after dinner, it's reasonable to assume the car battery lasted that long. Jolene would have arrived with the car after the second group arrived at the dairy to make it to her camp while Lee and Danny were there, which would be why no one saw the car on the way to the dairy.
Maybe the car is part of the drama going on between Bart, Jake and Linda. Let's say we saw Bart kill Jake on the way to the farm. Linda, thinking bart is coming for her next, tries to get away with Jolene's daughter and the camp supplies. Linda is intecepted by Bart. Linda and Jolene's daughter escape through the passenger side door into the woods. Bart gives chase and kills them both. Bart then returns to the car only to find it looted. He then follows the numerous tracks left by eight people back to a motel near town.....