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Thursday's Thrifty Thought: 10/8

Ask for Help

This week as I was cleaning our van (which was SO needed after our move!), the battery died! I couldn’t believe it!

I wasn’t able to jump start it on my own, but thankfully Geico sent us Jose, who was not only able to jump it, but provide some valuable advice. I was ready to go to the dealer for a new battery and to fix the exclamation lights that had suddenly appeared on our dash. Jose looked at me like I was a little crazy.

I quickly rethougt my plan and decided I should instead drive to Sears, which also happened to be closer. While he agreed that was a better idea, he divulged that not only would they charge me for the diagnostic they would inevitably run, but they would also charge to install the battery – not to mention the added cost of the battery due to their commercials (at which point he struck a very convincing Sears Automotive pose – I guess he just missed booking said commercial).

“So, what should I do?” I was all ears as Jose was about to impart his proverbial wisdom:
“Go somehwere like Advanced Auto Parts. They’ll diagnose your battery for free and will also install it for free if it needs to be replaced.” Who knew? I know I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t of asked.

Luckily, I made it to Advanced Auto Parts, they concluded that the battery was still good, the light went away and it turns out I just drained the battery while leaving the DVD on for Britton to watch while I cleaned!

I hope none of you have any car troubles any time soon, but if you do, ask those who know for help and go HERE to enter the Advanced Auto Parts sweepstakes – even if you don’t win, you’ll get a coupon for $10 off a $25 purchase!

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  1. When my husband was in med school his car had some incurable faulty connection that drained his battery regularly. He would frequently remove his drained battery, use my car to drive it to the nearest auto care shop, they’d charge it and he’d reinstall.