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Buying a used car – had to be jump started

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    Hello, I just bought a used car from a dealership, but it did not start initially and had to be jump started. The car has a valid MOT and full service history and no problems were identified there.

    The dealer has agreed to supply a new battery. But is this a bad thing that the car did not start?

    I know nothing about cars so would appreciate some advice.

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    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson

    Hi Zara. If a new battery fixes the problem then there should be nothing to worry about. A battery is a wear-and-tear item and will go flat eventually, especially on a used car lot.

    A car uses the battery for unlocking the doors and starting the engine, as well as numerous other tasks on modern vehicles. While you are driving, the engine recharges the battery.

    On a car lot, you have a situation where the car may be unlocked and locked, started and moved around the lot then switched off again, and so on, which will drain the battery quickly. If it doesn’t get taken out for a drive at all, which is common, the battery can go flat in a matter of days.

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