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Old 08-06-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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So went to start the car yesterday morning and all I got was the clicking noise. The BC was working so I figured it was the battery. Looks like the alternator wasn't available at parts stores locally so I am going to have to have it rebuilt. While I am at it, I am having the battery replaced since it is 5 years next month.

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Old 08-06-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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Did you have your alternator tested? May not need a rebuild. What is your thinking here?

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Old 08-12-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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Yep it was tested, needed the rebuild, ended up dropping $150 on the rebuild and $145 for the battery. Paid the mechanic $105 for labor - $400 even.

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Old 08-14-2013, 01:22 AM   #4
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Yep it was tested, needed the rebuild, ended up dropping $150 on the rebuild and $145 for the battery. Paid the mechanic $105 for labor - $400 even.
$145 for a battery???

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Old 08-14-2013, 06:00 AM   #5
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$145 for a battery???

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My thoughts exactly. I hope he used lube because he bent over and took it deep with that one.

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$145 for a battery???
Not completely out of line. Our cars use a style of battery that is more commonly found in European vehicles, and for some reason they are more expensive and/or have inferior warranties compared to those used in North American and Asian vehicles. Specifically, we use a Group 91 battery, which isn't very common either. Interstate's own website lists ours for $142.95 retail. Other group sizes with the necessary CCA rating might fit so you might find a cheaper alternative.

The big thing with batteries, however, isn't the price, but the warranty -- think of it as "dollars per month".

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Old 08-14-2013, 02:53 PM   #7
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My thoughts exactly. I hope he used lube because he bent over and took it deep with that one.
If you had half a brain you would be dangerous. Go find me a source for a NEW Astra battery that is more than 10% cheaper than what I paid. Batteries for European cars are not as cheap as they are for American cars. With that being said, your affinity for deviant sexual behavior is quite disturbing.

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If you had half a brain you would be dangerous. Go find me a source for a NEW Astra battery that is more than 10% cheaper than what I paid. Batteries for European cars are not as cheap as they are for American cars. With that being said, your affinity for deviant sexual behavior is quite disturbing.

Oreilly Auto: $110
Firestone - Interstate Batterie: $120
Napa Legend: $129

All local tire shops are under $130 from what I've seen...

All with 6 year warranties

So, if you went with lower warranties, they would be even cheaper. Anyway, I'm done looking.

Meijer and Walmart both had one I looked at for under $100, but I ended up going with one from a local shop for like $115 or something.


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In Canada, I paid about $160 minus $15 for the old battery at Canadian Tire. I tried to get one from Costco, but they didn't carry it, since as ALV said, they are fairly rare. I may have bent over and took it, but I had no choice since I needed a new battery that night, and it was getting late. Also as I said, it was in Canada, where getting raped on the price of parts is the norm.

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I had no idea that batteries that fit our cars were so expensive. Not trying to sound rude, just shocked.

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I had no idea that batteries that fit our cars were so expensive. Not trying to sound rude, just shocked.

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Not only do they tend to be more expensive, but they also almost always have inferior warranties as well. I dealt with the DieHard line in Canada for over ten years (first with Sears, then with Kal Tire) and the only "international" group sizes we normally stocked were 41, 42, and 49. On average they were more expensive and only came with 72 month pro-rated warranties. Conversely, the DieHard Gold sizes that fit Asian and North American vehicles were the same price or less, and came with a 100 month warranty. Never could get an answer out of our suppliers as to why the discrepancy.

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^ Anything to do with the prescription drug price discrepancy between USA and Canada except in reverse? As you may know, prescription drugs seem to be less costly north of the border so a few intrepid US citizens living close by walk/drive to Canada for cheaper drugs instead of paying higher prices at home. Maybe the reverse is occurring with auto parts? Higher prices in Canada than here in the USA? I wonder what the price comparison would be south of the border, Mexico?

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^ Anything to do with the prescription drug price discrepancy between USA and Canada except in reverse? As you may know, prescription drugs seem to be less costly north of the border so a few intrepid US citizens living close by walk/drive to Canada for cheaper drugs instead of paying higher prices at home. Maybe the reverse is occurring with auto parts? Higher prices in Canada than here in the USA? I wonder what the price comparison would be south of the border, Mexico?
You should see what we pay for cellular service...

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