RAY: If you let most modern cars sit for two or three weeks – certainly for a month – they won’t start when you come back.
TOM: Aside from the clock and alarm systems, there’s often a keyless-entry system that requires power, an emissions-monitoring system and, on some cars, even ventilation systems that perform functions when the car is off.
RAY: And after spending six figures on a car, it certainly is undignified to be standing around with the hood up, holding a set of jumper cables when you get back from your three-week glamping trip to Botswana.
TOM: So I think you want the Bentley, Steve. They’ve figure anyone who owns a Bentley probably has several cars and assume that the Bentley might not be driven every day.
RAY: Right. You might want to drive your ’72 Fiat when you’re going to see your ex-wife’s lawyer about her alimony request.
TOM: So, the Flying Spur has two batteries: one for the car’s electronics, the other dedicated to starting the car.
RAY: Plus, the car has its own built-in trickle charger. A trickle charger keeps a trickle of current running to the battery to keep it fully charged.
TOM: You can buy your own trickle charger at Sears, but it’s so inconvenient to have to open the hood to hook it up, isn’t it?
RAY: So the Flying Spur has a built-in outlet next to the rear license plate. All you have to do is connect the cord to an outlet before you leave for Monte Carlo, and when you return, your Bentley will start right up, no matter how long you were gone.
TOM: Just remember to unplug the electrical cord before you drive off, since it’s also undignified to be dragging an outlet, a bunch of wires and a chunk of sheetrock behind your Bentley.
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