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Old 03-13-2010, 01:53 PM
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When Did Car Batteries Get So Expensive?

While searching for a new battery for our 1998 Honda Civic, I couldn't help but notice that the prices seemed to have jumped by 35% or more in the past few years. Gone are the $55 and $60 deals, and most start in the $80 range. That Civic takes a battery that's barely a step up from a motorcycle battery...it should be cheap. It seems to me that I just bought a battery for our big Ford Econoline van 3 years ago for ~$65. Did I miss something contributing to a sudden increase, or has it just been long enough that normal inflation is has pushed them farther than I realized?
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:58 PM
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The Price of Lead is outragous.
Thats the major cause. I pour my own lead for fishing weights, but was in Walmart last week. They were charging $1.20 for an 8oz fishing weight.
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:20 PM
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Walmarts lead weights might be expensive, but their batterys are the lowest price I,ve found anywhere including most all of the auto parts stores, Got 2 new ones for the wifes and mines SUV,s for $120, not too bad and a pretty decent warranty to boot.
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I just replaced the battery in my 2000 ranger pick up last december. That battery was still cranking good but it was ten years old and I thought I had gotten my moneys worth from it. The new one cost about $70 and had a three year replacement warrenty. The new one might outlast me.
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:03 PM
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Costco's kirkland battery is reasonably priced and has a nice warranty. The self-service selection is not huge but the honda should be in the mix
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Thanks for the explanation and the leads gang. I can't even seem to locate batteries on the Walmart or Samsclub site....any links?
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Have you tried the auto parts stores (chains), like NAPA, Autozone, Discount, or even Sears?
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:13 PM
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Have you tried the auto parts stores (chains), like NAPA, Autozone, Discount, or even Sears?
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Yep....$70+ for that little battery. I can get a 500CCA Prostart battery by Johnson Controls from Pep Boys for $73 + tax with core exchange, Diehard for $70+ tax and exchange, but I'd like to do better.
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I suspect that you have a battery that is not too common anymore. While I can't say I'm particularly knowledgeable about the specific size and requirements of you 12-yo Civic, I think "availability" has a lot to do with it. My 1995 Miata MX-5 takes a gel-cell, but other than the dealer they are hard to locate. Many companies make an equivalent lead-acid size, including Interstate, Autozone, etc. But I'm looking at $85 to $100 or more, depending on the source. I only drive this vehicle in the summer, for fun, so it was hard on batteries until I bought a maintenance charger to keep it up to par during those long garage periods.

Shop around and don't hesitate to ask "what's up" with the higher price.

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I got a top of the line Interstate about 6 months ago for $100.00 flat... A Walmart batter would have cost me $60.00 installed, but I like batteries I am familiar with...

Having said that, my Saturn has a Walmart battery that has lived through 3 Texas summers / winters so far... I may be willing to put one in the truck next time...
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