After the battery of our first car died, a year after purchasing the car, the mechanic explained to me that the most a car battery lasts is about two to three years. And so I should expect that every two years when I’m in the most incovenient place my car will die and I will need to wait about two hours to get my car fixed.
That two year point occurred again about two weeks ago. Yes, it was at a most inconvenient time. Thinking I was on my way to get the kids and myself ready to go to my husband’s first cousin’s wedding (considering he only has two, it was a wedding we had hoped to make on time), I was proven wrong.
My car battery died and I was destined to wait two hours for “Drachim” (and Israeli automotive service my insurance has a deal with). I walked around with my kids looking for a park in a neighborhood to pass the time. It was a sweet surprise when the service man called me an hour later to know he would be with me in ten minutes. And he was.
My kids looked on in fascination as the service man changed the battery of my car. As I filled out the paperwork agreeing to pay about 900NIS for my car (“batteries use lead and the price of lead has increased” he explained), I asked him or rather told him that we’d meet in two years again.
“Why two years?” the man asked. He told me that a battery should be lasting me for five years. I looked at him questioningly. “I bet they never told you that every two months you should get your battery re-filled with water.” Actually they didn’t. But the man went on to say that if one takes care of their battery, refilling it with water every two months, it should last them about five years.
So that was that. I got a great tip on my car’s battery. I got quick service and I did manage to make it to that wedding on time after all.