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Car Batteries At Costco

Car Batteries At Costco

Car Batteries At Costco

Price doesn’t guarantee quality when it comes to car batteries. In fact, in testing, cheap car batteries often come close to expensive ones, and sometimes outclass them. In years past, we and other experts have lauded Costco’s Kirkland brand batteries, but alas, as explained in the section on the best passenger car batteries, Kirkland batteries are no more. Costco now offers Interstate batteries instead — and while Interstate is a widely well-regarded battery, the value isn’t quite the same. That said, those interested in Costco batteries can see our take on Interstate batteries in our discussion of batteries for heavy-duty use elsewhere in this report.
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Car Batteries At Costco

Here is a summary of ALL the Interstate auto and marine 12-volt batteries sold by Costco (previously Kirkland). This information comes straight from the Interstate Car Battery Catalog found at Costco. I created this page, because Costco offers no online information on Kirkland auto batteries. Not all batteries are available at all locations. The following availability is at the Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Costco. google_ad_client = “ca-pub-9352385950433453”; google_ad_slot = “9542028758”; google_ad_width = 300; google_ad_height = 250;
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Car Batteries At Costco

EverStart batteries are made by the same company (Johnson Controls) that makes some of the premium brands (DieHard and Interstate, for example), and is the same company that made Costco’s Kirkland line. Like the DieHard, the EverStart MAXX-35N carries a three-year warranty, with free replacement if it fails to hold a charge during that time. In addition, the maker also offers a two-year prorated warranty after the initial three years are up. A few owners say they did have to make a warranty claim, and Walmart replaced the batteries with no problems — even, a couple of times, when the battery would still start the car but capacity tested low on Walmart’s meter. And unlike Sears, Walmart installs batteries for free.
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Car Batteries At Costco

Kirkland Signature: This range of car batteries is perhaps one of the most affordable batteries. You sacrifice nothing with this battery, as it has excellent cold amp rankings and great performance. The battery is offered through Costco and the specs match Optima batteries. This is one of your best choices, as the performance and quality is that of a high performance battery, but the price is much less.
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Car Batteries At Costco

Car batteries are not all the same. When when looking to buy a car battery you want to make sure you have the correct group size and the correct cold cranking amps for the area you live in. If you do not have enough amps, then your car will not start in the winter. The moment you notice your battery is starting to get weak, have it tested and then start shopping for a new one. Don’t wait until you are stranded with a dead battery. There are 3 main companies that produce a range of batteries. Find the best for your car and make sure you always have power.
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Car Batteries At Costco

AC Delco: This battery is a leading brand and perfect for those that need a battery, but are on a very tight budget. The warranties offered are excellent, as they completely believe in their product. To make it out of the warehouse, the batteries must meet many tests which allow for high quality batteries. These batteries are frequently used by car manufacturers.

Car Batteries At Costco

No experience with the new Costco battery brand, but I’ve used their Kirkland batteries for years in both my Ford truck and Corolla and had excellent results in both. Consumer Reports has a battery rating report they publish once a year or so, and in the last one I think they said which battery brands was best depended on what group-size of battery your car used. Kirkland was best for certain groups, but other brands topped the list for other groups. Suggest to read that report before purchasing a new battery.
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Car Batteries At Costco

Wal-Mart batteries (manufactured by Johnson Controls, I believe, a leading battery manufacturer), have little month/year stickers on them. Their batteries usually have the current month and year or the previous month on them. They are usually very fresh. The dust on top of some other sellers’ batteries speaks for the lack of turn-over.

“One thing that I consider important is, the date a battery was manufactured. I want a,fresh battery. WalMart has a high turnover, so I often make my battery purchases there.” Wal-Mart batteries (manufactured by Johnson Controls, I believe, a leading battery manufacturer), have little month/year stickers on them. Their batteries usually have the current month and year or the previous month on them. They are usually very fresh. The dust on top of some other sellers’ batteries speaks for the lack of turn-over. I like that there are Wal-Mart stores all over the place and open on week-ends if a warranted battery fails. CSA
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DieHard: DieHard batteries are top of the line. They were originally the longest lasting car battery as they lasted longer than your car. Cars last longer today than when the battery was first produced, but it still offers some of the best performance, even in bitterly cold weather. Be aware that DieHard batteries are expensive and not considered a budget or affordable battery. However considering they last so long, you will easily get your money’s worth.

Fortunately, car battery buyers on a budget have a suitable replacement in the Walmart-exclusive EverStart MAXX line. These batteries have “excellent performance and are very affordable,” says Andrew Kaufman at CarsDirect.com .While various sizes of the EverStart do lag a tiny bit behind some better premium brands, such as DieHard and Optima, in testing by ConsumerReports.org, they are not very far behind. Many finish toward the top among similarly sized batteries, and some are deemed to be good enough values to earn Best Buy status.
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A DieHard car battery is one of the best batteries available and known as America’s most preferred automotive battery. DieHard offers a deep cycle marine and RV battery, but does not offer a specific deep cycle automotive battery. While its Platinum North and South batteries offer a lead-based run, there is no mention of a lead-acid mix. All of its automotive battery series are specifically geared toward north and south weather climates, so you can find the right battery for your climate to help it last longer and work more efficiently. DieHard is sold through Sears and more information can be found online, in stores or through customer service.
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EverStart: EverStart batteries fit into the budget or affordable car battery category. However, the performance is excellent and you get the most for the low car battery price. This is a smaller battery, but performs well in all weathers. It is completely maintenance free. It is only available at Walmart, but don’t let this put you off as it is an excellent car battery.
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Johnson Controls has the automotive market cornered with over 33% of the world market. I’m not sure that there is a lot of incentive to make large improvements in automotive batteries. It’s a very mature market anyway. It should be easy to tell if the Kirkland batteries are just relabeled as Interstate. Just look at them. If they are identical and the specs are the same, then it is a good bet that they just changed the name. I know it often isn’t quite that simple, but it could be in this case.
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I have bought the Kirkland and it did not last 3 years. I am in CA desert so it might have to do with the heat. The good thing about Costco is their return policy. You can return it within the warranty period and no questions asked, no testing. The new battery is going to cost more this time due to inflation, but you still save some.

I shop for lots of cranking amps, warranty, and price. The car battery warranties have gotten a little stingier as time goes on, but the Wal-Mart Ever-Start Maxx batteries (northern version) have given me very good service over many years. They have amp and cold crank amps exceeding OE requirements. Consumer Reports rates them highly. Price and availability is very good.
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Motor oil, gasoline, and batteries: If the motor oil meets the specifications for s,specific car, if the gasoline meets the octane requirements and the battery is the right size group, has,sufficient CCA ,for the region and has a recent date of manufacture, I don’t think the brand makes any difference for oil, gasoline or the battery..
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It should be easy to tell if the Kirkland batteries are just relabeled as Interstate. Just look at them. If they are identical and the specs are the same, then it is a good bet that they just changed the name. I know it often isn’t quite that simple, but it could be in this case.

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