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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 19, 1:19 PM Thread Starter
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Gripe Of The Day: Automotive Battery Prices...

I had to jump start my mom's van the other day. I took the battery in today to get it tested and the battery was bad.
It was out of the free replacement period, so there would be about $36 credit in the prorate period.

The problem is that the batteries at Autozone have made another HUGE jump in price. Back in 2015 this battery was about $130 - it is now $170. With the prorate discount, it still would have been $134 + tax.

So, I headed over to Walmart. I ended up buying their Everstart Maxx. It is the SAME EXACT battery as the one at Autozone, but with a different label (made by the same manufacturer, quite possibly on the same assembly line). Price?? $94. And it comes with the same warranty. That is over $70 cheaper than the price at Autozone. I will never purchase a car battery from Autozone again.

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I had to jump start my mom's van the other day. I took the battery in today to get it tested and the battery was bad.
It was out of the free replacement period, so there would be about $36 credit in the prorate period.

The problem is that the batteries at Autozone have made another HUGE jump in price. Back in 2015 this battery was about $130 - it is now $170. With the prorate discount, it still would have been $134 + tax.

So, I headed over to Walmart. I ended up buying their Everstart Maxx. It is the SAME EXACT battery as the one at Autozone, but with a different label (made by the same manufacturer, quite possibly on the same assembly line). Price?? $94. And it comes with the same warranty. That is over $70 cheaper than the price at Autozone. I will never purchase a car battery from Autozone again.
Autozone and other FLAPS jack up their margins on things like batteries and such because its a guaranteed to sell item. People need a battery right away, so they buy it w/o price shopping.

Costco has the cheapest prices on car batteries all around, and they are made by interstate.... It just sucks the catalog sucks so bad(no dimentions & specs), however if you go by this online guide (has w/ specs & PN's) then you can go to your local costco and get exactly what you want.

https://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/loc...-batteries.htm
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I was in a Tractor Supply store recently. They seemed to have some decent prices on batteries. I usually get stuff from Merle's Auto Supply here in Tucson. I asked for (and got) a hobby shop rate. They assigned me an account number. Last time I bought oil (by the case) it was $2.57 a quart. The last battery was about $70.00. Merle's is a part of NAPA now.

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Autozone and other FLAPS jack up their margins on things like batteries and such because its a guaranteed to sell item. People need a battery right away, so they buy it w/o price shopping.

Costco has the cheapest prices on car batteries all around, and they are made by interstate.... It just sucks the catalog sucks so bad(no dimentions & specs), however if you go by this online guide (has w/ specs & PN's) then you can go to your local costco and get exactly what you want.

https://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/loc...-batteries.htm
And....... Costco has a straight 42 month non pro rated warranty. Only place I buy batteries from. They aren't necessarily cheap but certainly less expensive than most auto parts chain stores.
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Re: Gripe Of The Day: Automotive Battery Prices...

I use Walmart Everstart batteries (made by Johnson Controls), they seem to last 8-9 years.

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I use Walmart Everstart batteries (made by Johnson Controls), they seem to last 8-9 years.
You won't get anywhere near that usage time out of them around here. The Arizona heat kills batteries pretty fast. I will stick with the Everstart batteries, because there are Walmarts everywhere, and the price is over $70 less than the auto parts stores.
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The battery in my 13 Vette GS went dead & froze, so I phoned GM & they wanted $224.00 for a replacement. After I got over the shock I went to Costco & got one for $109.00. I've had good luck with GM batteries but not at those prices.
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Another great thing is that (around here anyway) there's both a core charge and a disposal fee...
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iv had very good luck with rural king batts , iv got one i got 8 years ago still going strong, and the prices are very good around 55.00 dollars for a 850 cca batt autozone cant do that
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We have an Interstate battery dealer here in MN. I just get their blems for $37. Only have a 90 day warranty but for that price who cares. I have 2 of them now both are over 2 years old.
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Advance Auto Parts battery’s are equally expensive, I go to Walmart too.
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Advance Auto Parts battery’s are equally expensive, I go to Walmart too.
When I need a high price part that Advance has in stock at my local store, I'll order and pay online, but use a discount code(that also is found online), and add that to my order. You can save 25% or more this way.
Pay online, then pickup at the store in a half an hour. Sounds crazy, but online is the cheaper way to shop locally!
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oreillys also has what they call reconditioned batteries.after they set on the shelf for 6 months they take em,rip the tags off and slap on a tag that says reconditioned and they sell em from 35-50 bucks.but they don't always have em,you gotta keep checking back with em.
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The last couple of times my battery died I went through AAA to replace it. They sent their local “battery truck”, once to my home, another tie to a shopping center parking lot. They jumped the car I was driving, tested the battery and charging system, once the determined the battery was bad, they changed it on the spot. I’m sure I could have bought a better for less somewhere else, but it was convenient and hassle free, especially when it’s your only car or you are out someplace. Each time, it only took 15 minutes for the truck to arrive, so the wait time was more than reasonable.

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iv had very good luck with rural king batts , iv got one i got 8 years ago still going strong, and the prices are very good around 55.00 dollars for a 850 cca batt autozone cant do that

And they are made by Exide
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