No one is saying that you shouldn't expect your new car to work. But if you get stranded, that expectation doesn't do you much good. Checking that different adapters and connectors work prior to your first road trip is just common sense if you are relying on those adapters or connectors. (And it sounds like the OP reasonably did this.) It's also common sense to make sure you have backup plans for any critical charging spot, in case that spot is out of service for some reason. That's why I check Plugshare reviews of different J1772s or CHAdeMO in the wild if I'm counting on them - I find out if those spots are working. Sure, I have a Blink | Chargepoint | AeroEV cards and I expect they meet their obligation by supplying a working EVSE. But guess what? Sometimes they don't. I expect my home electricity to work. I pay for it. But if the power goes out, my expectation isn't much help. That's why I have candles, a small camp stove in the closet w/fuel, and small solar panels for charging electronics (no generator atm, but a couple of neighbors do). Because my expectations don't keep the lights on when the power is out. As far as 'do people check these things out before needed?'. Yes, some of us do if it's a single point of failure. If I were going down in an old mine-shaft, unsure of air quality, I'd make sure that the self-rescuer I was relying on for clean air actually could supply clean air. Because sitting at the bottom of a mine shaft realizing you are out of oxygen and blaming the manufacturer you just bought it from isn't going to do you much good, is it? We have the luxury of years of gas stations being built up, so that's not necessary in an ICE. If one gas station is closed, we can stop at another. Or call AAA. But most of us do carry water, oil, and jumper cables in an ICE. Even though we should be able to expect our car to work.