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WE BOUGHT THIS CAR LAST WEEK, IT WAS STARTING FINE, NOW, WE HAVE TO KEEP CHARGING THE BATTERY, DO WE NEED A BATTERY OR IS THERE A SAFETY SWITCH WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT??

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Take it to a auto parts store like advance auto, auto zone and they can check your battery and alternator to tell you if its either one of those. Thats what I would do first.

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