Q: Startup issues after the battery drain

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Hello. After I left the dome light on in my car, the battery got drained and the car developed startup issues. It would start with difficulty several times after the drain, but it was as if the battery was going dead. Then, the next time I tried to turn the car on, it wouldn't turn over. I took the car to the shop and was told it was a dead cell. They had the battery replaced. Nevertheless, the car still wouldn't start up. I went to the dealership and they believe the issue is with the starter. It seems like the anti-theft system locked the car down. I am reluctant to pay a lot of money for something that might not be causing the issue. Do you have any suggestion? Thanks.

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