“Battery Died!” by Michael Murdock – 10.25.21


Entry Submitted by Michael Murdock at 7:52 PM EDT on October 25, 2021

Hello IDC!

“Your Battery has DIED”! Not the words you want to hear on a Monday morning, but today…well here we are.

I hope you’re all having a great day today. Mine started off good, but went downhill quickly when the car wouldn’t start and then I had to wait over 3 hours to get assistance to arrive because I guess Monday’s in this area are incredibly busy, and the driver that showed up was nice and was into IDC types of things to so we vibed.

Finally after the 3 hour wait, a nice gent showed up with some testing gear, ran some tests and told me that my battery had died and was no longer usable. I thought, but wait I only had this battery for like a year, but it was longer than that and the weather and temperatures all have an effect on just how long these things last. Won’t it be nice when the exchanges happen we’ll just be able to buy a new car and have the old one towed away!!! JUST KIDDING! A battery in different kinds of weather can go bad every couple of years. In Arizona they say 2 – 4 years.

Now, batteries are not cheap, but if you buy them through AAA, they come with an interesting deal which is within 2 years they’ll replace it for free, anytime after that it gets falls into their 72 month prorate. There is a charge for it, but still, the cost will be less than buying a new one from some auto parts store because they are actually shortening the warranty while telling you it will be less expensive. It’s not and you have to pay a core charge if you buy a battery without returning one. 

Every time I have ever had to use AAA, I have always thanked the fact that my folks told me about them so many years ago and I’ve always renewed with them. There was one time I thought about canceling them and God was listening, that afternoon I needed them and didn’t cancel. My suggestion is ask for that for Christmas! or give it as a present, it will come in handy when someone least expects it.

What did this experience cost besides a lot of sweat wondering if the issue would be something else? $127 and much time that I spent praying.

Please get your batteries tested!! If you live in a hot or even cold climate, please get them tested. Yes you can go to a AAA facility and they will test it for you and if you need a new one they will sell you one and install it for you, taking back your old one and give you a great warranty too! My service guy gave me a coupon for a free oil change which was totally awesome of him. 

God Bless You All.

Michael Murdock, US NAVY VETERAN or $veteran on CASHAPP or Michael-Murdock-22 on VENMO or ZELLE using my email address if you’d like to help me with some gas or food this next week


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