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Problems starting? It may not be the battery

The Garage Tech Question:
I’m David in Vancouver, BC. For the last year and a half I’ve had some battery problems. I had trouble starting my car so I bought a new battery at a parts store in Vancouver. At first everything was fine, then about six months later I had problems starting my car again, so I got a new battery. Again, everything was fine for another five or six months then I had trouble starting my car again. I went to get another battery and the parts guy said why do you need another battery, weren’t you in a few months ago? So he tested my battery and it was OK. Apparently I’ve been replacing good batteries. What’s wrong with my sedan?

The Garage Answer:
Look, we can’t fault David for not knowing what’s wrong with his sedan – he just didn’t have enough critical information. And frankly, neither do I.

Let’s talk about where our friend went wrong and what he could have done. First, he was right to suspect his battery. But if he had asked to have his sedan battery tested when he first went to the auto parts store, he would have found out that his battery was still good and would have known he needed to take his car into The Garage for further diagnosis.

There could be any number of reasons his car wouldn’t start. Unfortunately, he had a year and a half of unnecessary expense and inconvenience and still doesn’t know what’s wrong. When you find yourself in a situation like David, do yourself a favor and talk to a professional at The Garage in Vancouver. Your understanding service specialist can get you on the right track.

Ronald Tremblay

Ronald Tremblay is the owner of The Garage, a fourth-generation family business in Vancouver, BC, specializing in vehicle maintenance and repair. Clients of The Garage enjoy a high-level of service whereby lifestyle and usage of their vehicles inform the service schedule and they are fully informed about the status of their vehicles. In this way clients can make empowered decisions, control their budget and save real money as the the life of their vehicle is extended long past the manufacturer's warranty expectations.

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