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where do you buy car batteries from?
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Hi all,

The car battery of my 2007 M59 (Exide Premium 760 A (EN)) is now 3 years old and going towards replacement. Still starts the car, but sometimes struggles.

So, I ordered a brand new super duper Varta Silver Dynamic from Eurocarparts (780 A (EN)) flooded normal sealed lead-acid battery on their non-stop promotion thing for £120. To my surprise, the serial number reads (4th, 5th and 6th digits): 177. One can pretty easily deduce that this car battery was produced September 2021. The car battery was delivered this week (beginning of May 2022). I thought, that is fine, 7 months old car battery, they keep them without liquid and fill them up and charge before selling. Nevertheless, I checked the car battery with my Foxwell bt100 pro car battery tester and surprisingly the state of health is only 71% with 650 EN instead of the rated 780 EN. On top of that varta have nowhere put CCA, only EN, then again on their website this same battery is stated as 780CCA. 780CCA is only ~690 EN. False advertising with these numbers there or they just want to confuse the consumer with higher numbers.

Fuming, but I would certainly be returning this car battery, let's see how this will go.

Where do you buy your car batteries, it seems quite a hit and miss and I sincerely doubt Halfrauds or any high-street seller will allow me to test their car batteries with my tester before purchasing one.

Cheers,
saskak
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Tayna !

Never had a problem with them, good customer service, fast delivery, price matching and not shy to let you know if there are any discounts.
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Interesting issue - I live in Ireland, the South bit, where battery choice is a lot more limited. A couple of years ago I needed a new 6 volt battery for my 1932 car and the choice, with discount, was Exide from EuroCarParts - these are small franchises here. Ordered and went to collect - battery very dusty and 'last years' date sticker.
Asked the man to test it and it was well down, so I said I didn't want it, but would happily buy a 'new' one. A couple of days later the new one arrived - tested fine, right date, no dust and I went away happy. It has worked well ever since - the Euro advert showed a lower CCA than the battery sticker, so in the end all was OK.
Presumably some poor soul got the old one.
Folks in the club I belong to in the UK use Tayna batteries a lot - but I'd always go for a main 'brand'. 
Not sure where you stand with Euro once a battery is acid-filled, unless there is a branch near you to take it to.
Good luck!
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Tayna batteries online

Peter
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Tanya for me ...... yippeeee !!!
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(07-05-2022, 03:49 PM)oilyrag Wrote:  Interesting issue - I live in Ireland, the South bit, where battery choice is a lot more limited. A couple of years ago I needed a new 6 volt battery for my 1932 car and the choice, with discount, was Exide from EuroCarParts - these are small franchises here. Ordered and went to collect - battery very dusty and 'last years' date sticker.
Asked the man to test it and it was well down, so I said I didn't want it, but would happily buy a 'new' one. A couple of days later the new one arrived - tested fine, right date, no dust and I went away happy. It has worked well ever since - the Euro advert showed a lower CCA than the battery sticker, so in the end all was OK.
Presumably some poor soul got the old one.
Folks in the club I belong to in the UK use Tayna batteries a lot - but I'd always go for a main 'brand'. 
Not sure where you stand with Euro once a battery is acid-filled, unless there is a branch near you to take it to.
Good luck!

Yeah, there is a local eurocar parts to return it to, but for £3.64 I can have them collect it, probably easier for me.
Thanks to all for the Tayna recommendation, I will certainly check it once I return that old and in pretty poor state car battery.

Sh..t, the same car battery on the Tayna's website is £80 and I paid after discount £120 on the eurocar parts.
smile, you are alive! Peugeot Partner Escapade (same as M59, but with offroady-ish look) 2007, 1.6HDi 92
https://www.youtube.com/c/moremolecules
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Eurocarparts is never cheap, they SAY they are, but really aren't. I only use them if they have a super-duper discount code for the thing I want, like 50% off "weekend50" and then you pay the price it SHOULD have been!

Autodoc is no different.

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