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Look if you are going to question yourself enough to ask over and over again the same things then some of the problem is you. Not trying to get personal at all but it is what it is. I worked parts for a long time and manager every time I went to one, they typically made me one after a month or so. That is an indicator of the incompetents usually working at the stores, they commonly cannot hold jobs at other places. I worked garage as well so I know what works and what doesn't and much more importantly I always loathed selling extra parts just to get incentives from it and what the parts companies push their employees to do regardless of whether it helps the customer or not.
You don't take hints real well, I basically in so many words questioned how old the battery is and you dropped the ball there, need to know. You should most likely be at getting a second one right now just as I am with my '11. Mine is beginning to slow engage the solenoid, most never catch that as it is so faint, a sign of a battery about to give up.
Battery can be removed and tested out of car, in fact, the way I preferred it, the tester/charger used indoors is commonly much better then the outdoor checker they throw on the cars. The CCA number is commonly on the battery label on battery, or the parts guy can easily research the proper CCA out of his battery catalog if he can read. They commonly guess to avoid opening the catalog up even though it is software. If they can't find a number use 500 CCA.
Make sure battery is properly able to pass the load test and if not get a new one then go to starter if problem continues. The solenoids arc inside every time they connect and even worse when battery is low. That arcing eats away at the internal main contacts to lower the contact area and then the starter begins to not throw on with max power and does things like complained about. Starter being old and all lube run off of sliding parts can do it too and why a simple rebuild using no new parts can have one working for years again. The general public though does not have a clue how to do that and the $150 starters (still only worth maybe $50 real world though) are for them. I haven't bought one in 30 years, I simply redo them at cost nothing and throw them back in the car.