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2011 Smart ForTwo Coupe. one owner - me. 30K miles. Original battery. I live in Seattle. I last drove the car on March 23rd. It's in an enclosed garage beneath my condo. I got in it on Saturday to take the cat to the vet. There was enough juice to unlock the door and make a sound but not enough to start the car. We are under stay at home rules here until the first week in May. Maybe longer. I live alone. No other cars I wouldn't mind having a car available for emergencies but I can probably live without it.

  • So. Should I get a mobile mechanic to come out and jump the car? Will your average mobile mechanic know how to jump a Smart car?
  • Should I get the Mercedes dealership (the only ones who have ever worked on it) to come out and jump it?
  • If I get it going, will riding it around the block a couple of times a week be enough to keep it charged? I really have no place to go other than maybe the grocery store or bagel place a mile from here.
  • If I just leave it until May or June, will I even be able to get in it? Will it charge from totally dead?

I'm debating all these things with myself and I have very limited knowledge so I'm looking for some outside suggestions of what to do. Thanks in advance for any suggestions/advice.
 

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Yes definitely get a new battery. A 9 year old battery is not worth gambling that it might still be good. A new battery will give you peace of mind. And you don't have to to get one from the MB dealership. Read other threads about which batteries are good to get at various auto parts stores. Alot of info here in the forum.
Thank you. I actually did get a new battery and was amused at how much pep it now has in start up! I do appreciate your helping me understand it was a good move :)
 
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