That's what happened when I called the AA for a Homestart because I had
an appointment, and couldn't wait to trickle-charge it. I wondered
later whether they always pick up a new battery en route to a Homestart
job, on a sale or return basis, and add a few quid on.
I called the missus and asked her to ring them. We work at the same
place, and I'd left it in the works car park. She'd tried her own key
(I thought maybe mine wouldn't work with the immobiliser, or something),
got the same result, called the AA, and kept it simple, telling them
that it wouldn't turn over. I expect that's why they turned up with a
battery just 15 minutes later. I realised while I was elsewhere that
that was probably the most important symptom. All the other weird stuff
was just incidental. There were strange patterns on the dash, things
buzzing and clicking for a few seconds. I was due to pick up our lad
from school, so I just got out, called the school, and started walking
rather quickly :-) Battery was only £76. I'm content with that.
On Wed, 13 May 2015 17:35:46 +0100, Gordon H wrote:
A high percentage of cars use virtually identical batteries, and patrols
often carry a few. They don't add anything on to the price, but do get a
commission on sales.
If they don't have a battery on board, they will usually jump-start the
car, then follow you to somewhere that will supply one for them to fit.
I had occasion to ring in for a jump start once, the RAC duly turned up
and said the battery was knackered (which O agree it was) They wanted
to get me a new battery on the spot, but I insisted on a jump start,
they were reluctant to leave it at that and said that if I stalled it on
the way home they would charge to come out again. Many people would
probably be intimidated by that and agree. I drove it home without
incident and got the battery replaced under its guarantee.
That's a reasonable approach by the RAC. I'm sure had you stalled on the
way home, your car would have simultaneously and purely coincidentally
suffered some other mishap :-)
ISTR the RAC being significantly higher priced for a new battery than the
motor factors - something like twice as much. This was a decade or so ago,
they may have got more realistic these days, especially as smartphones
give people the means to look at prices while they wait for the breakdown
man to turn up!
When cell phones were new on the scene (early 80's) I was travelling
with a friend in some old wreck of a van (his) oming along the
embankment, the van died from lack of spark, caused by a broken set of
points, my friend had a GBFO Motorola hand set and phoned a car shop in
Romford that stayed open till late (it was about 9pm) to get out a set
of points and get a taxi to deliver them to us, all went well and within
an hour we were on the way home.
I was stranded with a hire car. Oh yes, I didn't know that something
was still on while the key was out, so it drained the battery overnight.
Called the hire car company, the man arrived, I was surprised that he
didn't bring any cable or anything. So what did he do?
He removed the battery from his service car, got hold of spanner tools
from the cars toolset, used these as electrical connectors while
balancing his battery over the hire car battery. Then asked me to start
the engine. Never seen anything like it, LOL. But it worked.
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