So, after helping my buddy find a new battery at a good price
and getting it put in, here's what happened.
Recap. He has a 2010 Honda CRV, 225K highway miles on it.
Only problem is it was throwing a cat converter not at proper
efficiency code for the last couple years, while driving around
town. On the highway, it clears and the check engine light
goes out. So, he was worried about getting it through inspection,
which is due. He had used my code reader to clear the code,
the drove it around so that all the emission monitors were set,
except the fuel evaporation system one, which takes longest to
set. NJ will pass a late model car with one not set. So, I told
him to either wait a day or so until that one sets, or just take
it in now. He was worried about failing inspection, getting a
red sticker, etc. I told him that worst case, he can just get
a new cat converter.
So, what did he do instead? Day after putting the new battery
in, he went to Honda to get the airbags replaced under recall.
While there, he bought a new Honda FIT, whatever that is. This
is the dealer that he's bought 4 cars from, he goes through them
fast. What do you think they gave him for a 2010 CRV that other
than the above, had nothing wrong with it other than needing a
good interior cleaning? No body damage, no rust, dings, perfect
exterior, tires OK. They gave him $1500 for trade-in. I can't
believe it. I was helping him to keep the car, get it through
inspection. I told him that even if it needs a new cat converter,
they are ~$300 and maybe $500 installed.