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Auto Battery Prices

Post by sport » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:57 pm

A friend of mine needed a new battery for his car. We went to Costco, and the price was $72.99. Unfortunately, this Costco was out of stock in that size. The other Costcos in the area had that battery in stock, but are too far away. So, my friend went to an auto parts store. The price for the same size battery with the same ratings (500 CC amps and 85 minutes Reserve Capacity) was $159.95. We went to another auto parts store, and the prices were about the same. So, if you need a battery and can install it yourself, Costco is the place to get one.

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Post by criticalmass » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:09 pm

sport wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:57 pm
A friend of mine needed a new battery for his car. We went to Costco, and the price was $72.99. Unfortunately, this Costco was out of stock in that size. The other Costcos in the area had that battery in stock, but are too far away. So, my friend went to an auto parts store. The price for the same size battery with the same ratings (500 CC amps and 85 minutes Reserve Capacity) was $159.95. We went to another auto parts store, and the prices were about the same. So, if you need a battery and can install it yourself, Costco is the place to get one.
Agreed. Costco batteries (formerly Kirkland branded and now Interstate branded) are Johnson Controls (JCI) batteries with the higher tier of quality/cold cranking amps. You can find Diehard Gold and some other auto store brands that are the same batteries (if JCI with equivalent ratings), but it is hard to find the same price as Costco. BJs stocks Exide batteries. Not sure about Sams, but assume these are similar to Walmart, which uses a variety of suppliers. There are only 3 major battery suppliers in the USA though.

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Post by Blueskies123 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:14 pm

Most auto parts stores have all kind of coupons online. Did you any of the 20-30-40% off coupons?

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Post by Larry2623 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:14 pm

Just go to walmart...good prices and they do installations if you need it

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Post by tibbitts » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:25 pm

sport wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:57 pm
A friend of mine needed a new battery for his car. We went to Costco, and the price was $72.99. Unfortunately, this Costco was out of stock in that size. The other Costcos in the area had that battery in stock, but are too far away. So, my friend went to an auto parts store. The price for the same size battery with the same ratings (500 CC amps and 85 minutes Reserve Capacity) was $159.95. We went to another auto parts store, and the prices were about the same. So, if you need a battery and can install it yourself, Costco is the place to get one.
The four-hundred mile round-trip drive to Costco kind of kills the advantage. I believe we might be getting a Costco eventually nearer to me - maybe fifty miles round-trip.

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Post by RickBoglehead » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:39 pm

Second Wal-Mart.
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Post by HueyLD » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:51 pm

Does Costco install the battery?

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Post by adamthesmythe » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:53 pm

When I needed a battery not so long ago, I got it at a local battery shop. Don't remember what I paid but I'm pretty sure it was not over a hundred.

There are plenty of places besides auto parts stores to buy these things. You may not be buying exactly the same thing (brand name, warranty) but I'm not sure it matters.

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Post by sport » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:18 pm

HueyLD wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:51 pm
Does Costco install the battery?
No, they do not.

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Post by adestefan » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:44 pm

I got one last week at Costco, but I ended up spending almost 45 minutes in line listening to numerous people trying to fix their screwed up tire orders. Not sure if my sanity was worth the $40 in savings.

If you’re going to get one from Costco I recommended bringing the old one with you if you can. It will save you a trip to get your core deposit back.

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Post by OAG » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:39 pm

NAPA Store.
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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:45 pm

Interstate Battery stores will sell a reconditioned battery. I expect the one you talk about would be $59 with a 1 year warranty. If you still have a K-Mart open near you, they have usually had brand new ones for $49. I've bought batteries from both in the past but finding a still open K-Mart isn't as easy as it used to be.

I probably have 20 Wal Marts in a 20 mile circle around me. None have an auto shop, so no installation.
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Post by tev9876 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:27 pm

Costco isn't necessarily the cheapest. The auto parts stores will always have a 20% or more coupon online that can often be used for store pickup.

Costco price was $145 for a standard wet cell that fits my truck. Pep Boys had a 25% off coupon for online purchases. They had a Champion Platinum Glass Mat for $220 standard - $165 after coupon, plus a $40 rebate. It was $135 (after rebate) for the better battery vs. $154 at Costco when adding in the 6% sales tax. The last battery I swapped out was sitting in my garage so just carried that in to avoid the core charge. Ordered online and the new battery was sitting on the counter waiting for me when I got there an hour later. Took about three minutes to fill in the online rebate and I'll eventually get my $40 prepaid Visa.

I tried to work in some Kroger gas points for additional money saved on free gas, but they didn't have any Pep Boys gift cards. I net 20% back with Kroger when they run their 4X points for gift cards and coupled with my 6% grocery Amex.

I've also seen Amex offers for Advance Auto and others in the past for 20% back, but none recently.

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Post by Broken Man 1999 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:38 pm

I'll probably buy online from Advance Auto and show up and have them install it. Online they have coupons, also, so I can save a few bucks. The current battery is over five years old, so I suppose I should just get it soon. I bought the current battery from them.


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Post by bigtex » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:09 pm

Tractor supply has good battery prices. 2 year free replacement.

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Post by hicabob » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:57 pm

Surprisingly enough, Amazon can be very competitive for car batteries. They had the best price I could find on a slightly unusual battery, free shipping, and the fedex guy didn't seem to mind the impressive density of the package.

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Post by fsrph » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:05 pm

Larry2623 wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:14 pm
Just go to walmart...good prices and they do installations if you need it
I've also had good results with Walmart car batteries. Free installation too.

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Post by ClevrChico » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:09 pm

+1 for NAPA. They don't seem to price gouge batteries like other auto parts stores. I believe most of their batteries are private labeled Dekka, so possibly the best battery you can get. If you're a good customer or ask nicely, some stores might give you mechanic pricing. (Auto parts pricing is all over the place depending what kind of customer you are.)

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Post by greenflamingo » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:14 pm

Some local stores may offer good value. I’ve always found the best value at a local farm supply store that has an automotive section. Similar to Costco, they sell a store brand manufactured by a reputable company.

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Post by GMCZ71 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:19 pm

Precaution newer generation vehicles have too many computer systems. German stuff needs a laptop to tell the car about the new battery- amp hr, serial number etc. Otherwise the car adjusts the charging system to the last known battery.
Sometimes on other brands hvac or pwr windows and locks don't work or car has to relearn the engine systems for a few miles if computer has no voltage for a short time.

Keep on the look out for a good independent shop you can trust.
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Post by aspirit » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:28 pm

Cost should be negligagble like the car.
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Post by rotorhead » Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:22 pm

Sears Diehard is the way to go. Good batteries at reasonable prices.

May be collector's item soon. :)

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Post by rooms222 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:34 pm

Walmart has their Value Power batteries for $49 for many cars. Made by two of the 3 major manufacturers JCI (from US, Mexico and Korea) and East Penn (USA). They have a one year warranty. Less CCAs than the expensive ones. Still started my car at -5 degrees. We have one that has lasted over two years now.

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Post by whodidntante » Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:41 pm

There is a chain that just sells batteries in my area that has good prices and can get you weird batteries for your weird vehicles.

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Post by whodidntante » Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:42 pm

rotorhead wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:22 pm
Sears Diehard is the way to go. Good batteries at reasonable prices.

May be collector's item soon. :)
If you want one of these then I suggest you leave right now. There should be plenty of parking outside the store. There has been for the last 15 years.

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Post by michaeljc70 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:51 pm

Yes, I bought one last week for $80. I'm pretty handy, and it wasn't rocket science, but it was a little trickier than I thought to install. Mainly due to it being in the back and having to be tilted forward to pull it out and there was no handle.

The good thing is, if you have any issues, you just bring it back and get a new one. I had problems with one I bought at a national auto parts chain. It was under warranty. They put it on some device and said the battery was within their working parameters (and didn't care if my car didn't start every other week) and wouldn't exchange it. :oops:

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Post by Rhino01 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:01 am

Batteries + Bulbs had my battery in stock, whereas Costco unfortunately did not. The prices was competitive with Costco's, maybe $80-90 to Costco's $80.

Batteries + Bulbs will install the battery for you too; at least that store was willing to.

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Post by lazydavid » Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:41 am

GMCZ71 wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:19 pm
Precaution newer generation vehicles have too many computer systems. German stuff needs a laptop to tell the car about the new battery- amp hr, serial number etc. Otherwise the car adjusts the charging system to the last known battery.
You don't need a laptop, and there's no serial number to be entered into the car. When I replaced my battery two years ago, I registered it (that's the name of the process) using my phone and a bluetooth OBDII adapter. I had switched from a wet cell to a MUCH larger AGM, so I adjusted those parameters at the same time. Took all of 2 minutes.

Back on topic, I've been quite happy with the higher-end house-branded batteries from both AutoZone and Advance Auto over the years. Used Duralast (AutoZone) Gold for probably two decades, and currently running an AutoCraft (Advance) Platinum AGM.

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Post by GMCZ71 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:10 am

lazydavid wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:41 am
GMCZ71 wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:19 pm
Precaution newer generation vehicles have too many computer systems. German stuff needs a laptop to tell the car about the new battery- amp hr, serial number etc. Otherwise the car adjusts the charging system to the last known battery.
You don't need a laptop, and there's no serial number to be entered into the car. When I replaced my battery two years ago, I registered it (that's the name of the process) using my phone and a bluetooth OBDII adapter. I had switched from a wet cell to a MUCH larger AGM, so I adjusted those parameters at the same time.
Great your good to go and a great help to others on the forum. But some vehicles do require more info:
(N) Part number - (11 digits) - kept this the same as the previous battery.
(V) Vendor code - (3 digits) - in case VA0 for Varta
(S) Serial number (10 digits, but leaving out the starting 3 digits of manufacturer)
NNNNNNNNNNN VVV SSSSSSSSSS
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Post by Blake7 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:21 am

I used AAA’s battery replacement service last time. I got a better battery than AutoZone had for the same price, and AAA installed it without disconnecting the power to the vehicle, so I didn't have to mess with reprogramming the radio. They also took the old battery for recycling.
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Post by OAG » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:04 am

ClevrChico wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:09 pm
+1 for NAPA. They don't seem to price gouge batteries like other auto parts stores. I believe most of their batteries are private labeled Dekka, so possibly the best battery you can get. If you're a good customer or ask nicely, some stores might give you mechanic pricing. (Auto parts pricing is all over the place depeding what kind of customer you are.)
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RickBoglehead wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:39 pm
Second Wal-Mart.
RB, can you please explain why you recommend Wal-Mart? I have one near me and would consider if the experience of others with WM batteries has been positive. These threads on batteries and tires have been timely as I see both issues coming on the horizon for me.

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I bought one 2 weeks ago at Walmart

Post by Socrates » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:29 pm

go on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning. They install free in about 20 minutes (I know a battery is easy to install), but they properly dispose of the old battery.

I paid around $110 for my 2004 Honda CRV, but it has (I wanna say) 3 year warranty if it is defective.....maybe two.....I need to pull paperwork. They will replace for free if any issues pop up. I just walked around store when waiting to install.


Costco sells batteries, but does not install....FYI

I did purchase my tires at Costco the following week. Free install and $80 off for Michelins.

Still driving my 2004 Honda CRV with over $200,000 miles on it.

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Post by RickBoglehead » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:35 pm

2015 wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:11 pm
RickBoglehead wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:39 pm
Second Wal-Mart.
RB, can you please explain why you recommend Wal-Mart? I have one near me and would consider if the experience of others with WM batteries has been positive. These threads on batteries and tires have been timely as I see both issues coming on the horizon for me.
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Post by 2015 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:01 pm

RickBoglehead wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:35 pm
2015 wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:11 pm
RickBoglehead wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:39 pm
Second Wal-Mart.
RB, can you please explain why you recommend Wal-Mart? I have one near me and would consider if the experience of others with WM batteries has been positive. These threads on batteries and tires have been timely as I see both issues coming on the horizon for me.
Highly rated, good cost, great warranty. 3 year full replacement, plus 2 year prorated.
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Post by sport » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:43 pm

If you are comparing battery prices, be sure to compare batteries with the same ratings, CC amps and Reserve Capacity. Otherwise, it is an "apples and oranges" situation.

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Post by Morgan Dollar 1921 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:58 pm

I remember when Delco brought the Korean line of batteries to the states, 2005, Junk.

Delco had a bad run of batteries in the late 70's when they changed from the R89 R89W and R89S to the new Freedom battery. They improved them in the 80's and I have seen Delco from 1990 last 9 years.

Heat is a battery killer also.

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Post by segfault » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:39 pm

No installation = no deal. My truck is labeled "difficult - 45 minute installation," so I took it to Autozone because they offer free installation. Bought a premium AGM battery for about $200, and the employee complained very vocally about the time it took to install. Note, once I realized the battery was weak, I purposely went there on a 50-60 degree sunny day instead of waiting for it to die when it was extremely cold or rainy.

Bought the premium battery, so hopefully that's likely to be the last battery I put in before I replace the truck in 2-6 years.

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Post by thomase » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:40 pm

I use to have the Walmart EverStart Maxx in all my vehicles. They all would last 8-10 years. The local Walmart shut down, I started buying batteries at Costco, 4 in fact in the last year (3 vehicles + 1 RV deep cycle). The Costco batteries work great, and a little less (all batteries were around $80) than the equivalent Walmart ones I use to buy.

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Post by chw » Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:33 pm

I buy my batteries from AAA. They send someone to my house, and install it for $129. Not worth the hassle of running around to buy one and install it, and then perhaps find out it's the wrong battery.

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Post by mtwhmemn » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:39 pm

I drive Honda/Acura products but this may work on other brands. I actually go get an OEM battery when the need arises. I install my own battery, but they may do it for free if you aren't capable. The OEM battery costs about the same as an aftermarket battery and they will replace the battery if it dies within the warranty period. They have the right to pro-rate the cost of the replacement battery, but I've been given a brand new battery for nothing in the past. YMMV

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