Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:37:18 -0600
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From: Dave Mcneely <mcneely4@COX.NET>
Subject: Re: Group 41 Battery at Wal-Mart
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Whatever happened to the punch out dates that batteries used to have? Sticker on the battery, with year and month punch outs. Vendor punched out proper circles at time of installation. Bring the thing in for warranty, everyone knew when it was purchased.
So, Wally's is avoiding prorated replacements by reducing the total warranty time, though making it sound good by saying it is free complete replacement. But, how many batteries actually fail that soon?
---- "Jack R." <jack007@COMCAST.NET> wrote:
> Without a receipt they go by the date code on the battery.
> So, if you bought a battery coded 1/09 in 11/10, and it failed in one
> month... without a receipt you get nothing, since the battery is over a year
> old... that's when you need the receipt, to prove you purchased it in Nov
> And yet another reason to choose a battery with a recent date code.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vanagon Mailing List [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of
> craig cowan
> Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:54 AM
> To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM
> Subject: Re: Group 41 Battery at Wal-Mart
> They only need the receipt to do any pro-rating past the 3 year warranty
> period. Without the receipt, when you battery fails one month out of
> warranty (As mine did!) you get NOTHING!!!!!!! : )
> It's fair, it's just annoying.
> So, now I keep a copy of the receipt.
> On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:17 AM, Ken Wilford <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Jack, I have been using the Wal-mart batteries for years now just of the
> > reason that they seem to hold up pretty well and if I have a problem I
> > can just swap them with no hassle. I will probably start a flame war
> > but the batteries I take out and junk the most are Die Hard the irony of
> > which is not lost on me :-) They should be renamed Die Easy and I when
> > I see one in a van now I automatically cringe. Thanks for the tip on
> > looking at the build date, I would have never thought of that.
> > --
> > Thanks,
> > Ken Wilford
> > John 3:16
> > www.vanagain.com
> > Phone: 856-327-4936
> > Fax: 856-327-2242
> > On 11/9/2010 8:04 PM, Jack R. wrote:
> >> Just sharing a recent battery shopping experience... as winter is
> >> approaching, some of you on the list may be in the market for a new
> >> battery
> >> for your Vanagon.
> >> I just picked up a battery at Wal-Mart for my 2000 Volvo XC70, group 48 -
> >> -
> >> 825 Amp / 700 CCA... Everstart Maxx - 3 year full replacement warranty
> >> $77! (Dealer charges over $300 for OEM). The Wal-Mart batteries are now
> >> made by Johnson Controls... and are typically very "Fresh" this one had a
> >> date code of 10/10.
> >> So, checked on the cost of a Group 41 (Size for Vanagon)... and
> >> that they had the basic "Everstart" with a 1 year full replacement
> >> warranty,
> >> also by Johnson Controls, 780 Amp / 650 CCA for only $67.00 Not bad, if
> >> you
> >> are on a budget and need to keep your vanagon going through the winter.
> >> know other batteries have more amps... but for that price, hard to turn
> >> down. The data code was on the Group 41 in front of the rack was 1/09.
> >> However, when I looked to the back and they had fresher batteries. It is
> >> worth pulling the old batteries off the rack, and digging for the
> >> one. The warranty is 1 year from date of purchase, so keep your receipt.
> >> Just as an FYI... be careful to also check the manufacturer name printed
> >> on
> >> the battery... They have some old Exide-made batteries, which are not as
> >> good as the Johnson Controls batteries.
> >> Jack R.
> >> 84 Westy