$168 battery??

Christina McGlynn

Asked by Christina Sep 24, 2012 at 09:52 PM about the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just went to the garage to get my car looked at, it was starting funny, struggling to start. The mechanic told me
it was the battery and I was like, "Phew! That could have cost me." I come back a couple hours later to pick up
my car, and they charged me $168 for a new battery!! This seems a little extreme as the last battery I bought I
got a Wal-Mart for around $70. They acted like they needed to get me some special battery for my car that they
couldn't fine or something. I have an 02 Santa Fe. Does this sound extreme to anyone? The total bill for the
battery, labour and tax was $258 goddam dollars. like twice the amount I originally thought I would be paying.

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Chris McGee

Unless you got an optima battery they are overcharging you. I use to work at a shop we had interstate batteries, they were 165 installed with a 5 year pro-rated warranty. What brand battery did they sell you?

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Christina McGlynn

It's a Carquest series 6000 apparently.

Chris McGee

Still charged you way to much! assuming its a 60 month battery aka 6000 series.

Chris McGee

There site offers a 70 month battery for $96.00. WOuld ask them why so much and why did they not give you a total before install, they are required to tell you the cost. Your right as a customer.

Christina McGlynn

Damnit. I guess there's nothing I can do about it now! Friggin' rip off. Thanks so much for the info.

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Christina McGlynn

Thanks Chris. I think I will call there tomorrow and ask. They are my regular garage, so I don't know why the ridiculous price.


This happens from time to time. I would tell them to take it back and put in a less costly battery or you will report them to the BBB and there are local news channels that love this stuff. Taking advantage of women has to stop!!

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Chris McGee

No problem, let me know what you find out.

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