That's a theory I''ve been considering. I bought the car used from
CarMax. The battery was weak, so the service mgr. had them put in
was represented as a strong new battery. Maybe it wasn't. First time
a battery only lasted me 2-1/2 years. I should have checked if it was
still in warranty; thought of it only afterwards, sob.
Let me guess... it's an AC-Delco?
SWMBO and I bought an '84 Buick LeSabre in '91. Come summer '97, it needs a
new battery. So I take a look at the old one... hmmmm.... I don't remember
putting this in... take it out, look at the manufacture date: November 1983.
You better believe I replaced it with *another* AC-Delco battery.
Thanks for referral to auto group. I didn't know about it.
Note that people do occasionally post OT items here,
relying on the vast wisdom of the "regulars",
and I mean VAST. Courtesy requires labeling post
OT, which I did.
The OP wrote ......... in part.
" Think I've been had by my nabe mechanic. Would appreciate your
wisdom about battery brands and prices".
Figuring that say 10% was tax? $175 minus 10% tax = $157, Businesses
are required by law to pay tax!
New battery around $100, probably a pretty normal battery but unless
one 'shops around', spending perhaps half an hour personally and a few
dollars worth of gas, for a good price and is knowledgeable of which
post on the battery can fit where (Not all batteries can be physically
fitted both ways around)! Any 12 volt battery is not necessarily the
12 volt that will automatically fit your vehicle)! So something in
the region of $100 is not out of range.
So 157 minus 100 = $57
And if someone has not got the ability or knowledge to SAFELY change a
battery or the ability to measure the charging voltage by having the
appropriate tools, skills and a willingness to get hands and perhaps
some clothing dirty, might take around half an hour when all said and
done, then paying a mechanic or someone knowledgeable is appropriate
Finally disposing of the old battery, which while it may have a scrap
value of a few bucks, is heavy, messy and will take somebody time and
space to handle. Costing several bucks? Remembering too it's full of
acid so there may be environmntal considerations?
Overall considering that the OP apparently doesn't have the ability or
skill to do the standard checks and does not have the know how to
change the battery themselves a charge of around $50, in this day and
age is possibly not too far out of line.
In this family we do all such repairs ourselves. And yes we could
probably pull off such a replacement for around $100 or less. But if
one pays someone else then they are entitled IMHO to a fair profit on
a) The product (same as if one bought a sweater form Wal-Mart). And b)
For their know how and skills, use of their tools and premises etc.
Personally I have theory that one CAN do many self-repair, do it
yourself projects, home building or rpair jobs for one half or less
than a contracted out job. And sometimes for a cost one third of brand
new, provided one has carefully kept and stored suitable used or
second hand items.
All these have to be within one's capabilities and skills of course,
and one also takes responsibiity for any any follow up or, as it were
'warranty' of one's own work!
Let's see; today, I repaired a halogen lamp (had spare halogen bulb on
hand and made a note to get more to be kept in the 'bulb' cupboard),
drilled some combustion holes in another steel burning barrel (the old
one is deteriorating fast and will go the metal recycle next time am
there). Unloaded and burnt some twigs and litter from our second
property, removed nails from some (free) reusable two by eight and
two by ten, pieces of lumber and stacked it outside. Some of four inch
hot galvanized nails will be reusable! Yesterday replaced one of the
fluorescent T10 tubes in the workshop (again we had a spare on hand)
etc. etc. This summer repainted outside of house, rebuilt the lawn
mower (have enough used parts to build a second one for my relative).
I'm 76 btw.
One thing that wasn't mentioned by the original letter writer. He referenced
the repair shop as the "nabe" repair shop. Does that mean that this shop
does all his repairs? If all his repairs are done in this shop and the owner
is reliable, knowledgable, trustworthy and honest it might pay to 'overpay'
for a battery. After all, when you're stuck in your driveway or in the
supermarket parking lot it won't be Sears or Advanced Auto Parts that comes
to get you started or towed back to the shop for repairs. However if the
letter writer does not use this repair shop then he should have shopped for
the best buy.
Lets take a different look at that. Change the wording to
"Business are required to charge the customers tax, on
behalf of the government. They remit the money to government
as a requirement, to be granted the privilege for being in
business." I'm in business. I do not pay any sales tax when
I do work for people. I collect the money from my customers,
and send it in.
Do these have the Walmart name on them? Or are they the same as those
sold by Sam's Club (often next door)? -- currently branded "Energizer."
A 3-yr replacement/8-yr prorated Group 34 battery is $69.xx at Sam's Club.
I agree...You got screwed....Did he atleast give you a kiss afterward ??
LOL... ; ) ....I always use Interstate Megatron Plus...About 120...Free
install or DIY (regardless of brand) at local shops and most all auto parts
stores around here.......Here in Maine the temps rountinley drop to 10-20 F
below zero in the winter...Cheapo batteries don't cut it up here........I
bought an Interstate MegaTron Plus with the most CCA I could get with BOTH
top and side mounts for my '95 Silverado when I bought it a few years
back....I needed the top mounts to hook up my winch for my Snowbear
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