I bought a second hand car over three years ago.
It’s amazing how all second hand cars seem to have had “one careful owner”?
Anyhows, it’s a Dacia Logan and not a bad car at all at all. I still haven’t quite got the hang of some of it [the clock is still on Summer Time and the radio is a bit of a mystery]. It’s a lot bigger than my old Focus and I still have problems reversing into a parking spot in spite of having had a reversing camera installed.
All that aside, it does a grand job. I have been driving it regularly without any problems….
Except for the time I got stuck in the village.
I drove down, no problem, and had done my bit of shopping. I got back to the car and it wouldn’t start. The battery was all but flat. This was a complete mystery as the battery had been full of life when I set out so how could it be flat? I hadn’t left the headlights on or anything daft like that. I called Daughter and we jump started the Dacia. Next day the car was fine again with an apparently fully charged battery.
That was at least a year ago and I have been driving normally ever since with no repeat of the weird battery thing.
Yesterday I mentioned I had to go into Skobieville to collect my package. I gritted my teeth and went out to the car. The battery was flat! It mad a whirring noise and a load of clicks and clanks and obviously it was on its last legs. Fuck! I got out the old battery charger and wired it up.
About an hour later I went out. I disconnected the charger and tried to start the car. It fired up instantly with a very lively battery. I went down to the village [the parcel can wait], bought essentials [i.e. smokes] and came home again with a grand lively car.
This is weird. Twice the battery was dead and twice it wasn’t.
The problem is that my confidence is a bit shook. When will this happen again? The car is an essential and I have to use it. I suppose I’ll have to get a new jump-start kit and keep it in the car at all times.
But in the meantime…………