Dear native speakers,
In the following context, which verb for is correct?
My car won't start/doesn't start. Maybe the battery is dead.
Both are possible. Won't seems to imply some stubbornness on the part of the car.
Yes, but when it won't start it does indeed appear to be deliberately frustrating your goals. If I came back into the house in the morning, I would tell the wife that the car "won't start." I would not say "doesn't start."
What do you mean by "deliberately frustrating your goals" in the above context. I couldn't find the meaning in google.
If it's a one-off problem, then "My car won't start" is appropriate and the problem might be a dead battery which can be easily rectified.
If the problem occurs regularly, then "My car doesn't start [in the mornings]". If the same problem happens regularly and it's always a dead battery, then there's something wrong with the battery.