1. Attention: We have put together a thread with tips and a tutorial video to help with using the new software. Please take a moment to check out the thread here: Trapshooters.com Tutorial & Help Video.
    Dismiss Notice

new car battery

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by tracyhunter, Feb 23, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. tracyhunter

    tracyhunter Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2006
    Messages:
    700
    the battery in my wifes car went out. the car is going to get traded in the next 2 yrs so i need a battery that will last at least 2 yrs.don't need a high priced 5 or 6 yr batt.any recommendations.
     
  2. chemist

    chemist Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2007
    Messages:
    339
    costco, kirkland - cheap and good warrantee- if you are a member. if not, auto zone.

    rich k- chemist
     
  3. Ross

    Ross Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    2,640
    Yes buy the BEST battery you can afford, do you want her getting stuck--stranded somewhere????? Ross Puls
     
  4. ctreay

    ctreay Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    606
    Location:
    Northern New York
    I bought the cheapest one AutoZone had for my Ranger P/U. It going on 2 years right now and still strong.

    ctreay
     
  5. Shooting Sailor

    Shooting Sailor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,083
    Go to a battery wholesaler like Interstate, and ask about their out of date batteries. They keep batteries on the shelf for a certain amount of time, usually about a year or so, then put them aside and sell them as remanufactured or surplus. My son told me about this right after I bought 2 new batteries for my F350 diesel. He bought new batteries for his F250 for about $50.00 apiece from Interstate.
     
  6. TNCoach

    TNCoach Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2009
    Messages:
    579
    Sams Club - they carry quality batteries and come with a warranty.

    TNCoach
     
  7. Leo

    Leo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    3,049
    I have found good value in batteries at Farm Fleet, Rural King and Tractor Supply stores.
     
  8. X Trap 2

    X Trap 2 TS Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    1,125
    Get a used one from Interstate as mentioned above.

    I bought mine at Wallmart as I wanted a new one and mine was 7 years old and still working. Cost about $110.00 but that is OK to me. Ray
     
  9. trapperpg

    trapperpg Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    138
    Pick a price point you are comfortable with, and get the longest warranty you can. Irregardless of what name is on the battery, chances are it was made by Johnson Controls.
     
  10. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    15,642
    Location:
    Green Bay Wisconsin
    I get 4-5 years out of the Fleet Farm batteries sold in our area, they are inexpensive like the Sam's club examples. Any battery will last 2 years.

    If you want better quality and reliability get the high end Diehards like the bozos with the big bad woofers in their car audio use.

    HM
     
  11. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2007
    Messages:
    7,967
    Location:
    Eastern Washington
    Find a Jell cell battery, you'll never go back to acid/lead battery ever.

    Both of mine are over 6 years old. Worth the extra dollars!
     
  12. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    10,521
    Location:
    Idaho
    I shopped a lot for a battery, Walmart beat the others habds down. They have cheap ( low cranking amps) and expensive ( high cranking amps) and a good warranty. The one in my pickup is going on 6 years old
     
  13. tracyhunter

    tracyhunter Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2006
    Messages:
    700
    I was in napa checking their prices and a guy at the counter said to take the cu in of the engine X 2 and that should be your cold cranking amp batt.does that sound right?
     
  14. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2007
    Messages:
    7,967
    Location:
    Eastern Washington
    Yep.

    Cold cranking amps is the most important number to be looking for. Most people have forgotten that.

    Higher the number, better the battery will be.

    Still, look for a gel cell battery.

    Logging and 4x4'ers tried and tested.
     
  15. DENNISMASTROLIA1

    DENNISMASTROLIA1 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2007
    Messages:
    896
    Costco--The very best value.
     
  16. RWT

    RWT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    1,554
    Timberfaller,

    Tried the gel cells in trucks a few years back, couldn't get them to last more that a few months, said it was the vibration.

    May they make them tougher now.
    Robert
     
  17. Pull & Mark

    Pull & Mark Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2006
    Messages:
    5,419
    I still like Sears!!! They have bent over backwards to keep me Happy with a car, truck, boat for many, many years. I replace all batteries after 3 years (boat 2) here in Florida. I always buy Sears Best. If this battery is for your wife, I'd still buy the best. Its only 20% more money and the labor is the same. Its worth the piece of mind and you never know what the future holds if you need to keep your car longer for any reason. Good Luck and break em all Jeff
     
  18. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2007
    Messages:
    7,967
    Location:
    Eastern Washington
    RWT, which ones?

    Logging roads never hurt any of mine, blue and Red top Optima's.
     
  19. RWT

    RWT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    1,554
    Timberfaller,

    don't remember the brand maybe delco.

    They were in produce trucks, sometimes 1 trip to LA and back was all it took and they were warrantied until the supplier finally gave up and we went back to lead acid then no more problems.

    probably went through 10 batteries in the two truck we tried them in over a period of three months.

    Maybe they have made a lot of improvements in the newer ones.

    Robert
     
  20. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2007
    Messages:
    7,967
    Location:
    Eastern Washington
    I think Optima is the only maker of gel cell battery's.

    When I purchased mine they were only around $100 now they are $200 not cheap!
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.