Yesterday morning my car wouldn’t start. Not only wouldn’t it start, but it was making little hissy-fit clicks at me. It was a sullen car. This car was literally emoting sullenness at me. So I do what I usually do when faced with vehicular trouble – I called my husband to come help me out. (Yeah, yeah, I know – liberated feminism and all that yadda yadda. I don’t care – when it comes to cars and insect removals – I call the person I know best who actually has experience with such things.)
So he pokes around, decides my car needs a jumpstart and handily provides it. Then tells me my jaunt to the grocery store might not be long enough to recharge the battery and I might get stranded there, and oh by the way, be home by noon, he’s got an appointment to get to. But, ya know, no pressure or anything. 😀
Luckily I make it there and back and even get to schlep it over to my mechanic. The mechanic tells me that merely driving the car around isn’t enough to charge it fully, I’ll either need to leave it with him overnight and for $20 he’ll charge it for me, or I can buy a charger of my own for around $50 at an auto supply store and have it on hand whenever I need it.
So I call my favorite auto supply store where they are very nice and don’t sneer at me for not being able to do car stuff or when I call car parts “thingy”. A lovely young lady trudges out with me, into the winter cold and hooks up some gizmo to my battery. She says that the battery only has a half charge and I might need a new one.
A new battery? We’ve only had this one since 2010! Then she points to all the bubbling ooze and acid corrosion it has on it and around it and under it…well, you get the picture. It isn’t pretty. So I guess I kinda sorta maybe do need a new battery, how much are those?
OVER A HUNDRED DOLLARS??!! Holy Toledo, Batman!
She says she’ll try to charge the battery first, about 30 minutes – FREE!!!! YAY!!! If it still won’t hold a charge, she really, really thinks it’d be a good idea to get a new one. Or, ya know, be constantly in need of a jumpstart, especially since cold weather makes tetchy batteries even more cranky.
So, 30 minutes later and the verdict is not good. The battery won’t hold a charge. The battery to replace it is $120.
Sigh…I hand over my credit card. The store manager is nice enough to do an online quickie price comparison and finds it cheaper at another chain and gives me a discount to compensate, even throws in some anti-corrosive thingy, too! 😀 Total including tax is about $116. 😀
Finally, when I get home, I remember – oh yeah….Mercury Retrograde! In addition to mechanical things going gaflooey, contracts getting sticky and communication breakdowns, this one seems to be packing an additional wallop of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ in the overall planetary vibe department.
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