In early August, my wife Daisy mentions that her car didn't want to start before going to work. Luckily her car did start and she made it there without being late. I told her to drive to her dad's after work, assuming she could get the car on again. Her dad said it was probably the battery, I thought it was the starter from the way Daisy started the conversation. But then Daisy's dad checked the battery and got a "good" reading. We took it to Advance Auto Parts and the clerk guy got a similar reading. He offered to charge the old battery for nothing but it would take about another forty minutes to charge. So we go somewhere in my car and come back.
They tested the old battery after the charge and the reader read it as bad. This does sound a little dubious, but her old car battery was at least two years old, but from what I'm guessing 3-5 years is probably the real age. Batteries rarely last longer than that and I did see the meter actually say "bad" on it so I can't say they were lying. I did notice Daisy's battery is bolted on under the hood, and the guys there didn't seem to want to volunteer to remove the old battery or install the new one. I can understand them not offering for the removal because at first we weren't sure if we were going to get a new battery or not. Thankfully Daisy's dad had the tools or else we might of been up the creek without a paddle.