Ok, we seem to have done every other part on the Car, I need a New 12v Battery. and there really not something that gets mentioned much, so what's a good make and one's to avoid? any deals that people may no of.
Went to advanced battery supplies in the end they deliver nationwide, but just happen to be based in Stockport (Manchester)
Got a Varta Silver 5 year warranty considered one of the best.
@ Halfords a silver Bosch (which are re badged vartas apparently) start at £120
fitted myself, needed to remove a plastic housing from bottom and left hand side.(there's a small bolt holding it down bottom right hand corner, you will need an extendable socket set to get this this and also the battery clamp bolt which is next to it. apparently remove the negative first then the positive. and reverse order to put it back, not sure why, maybe something to do with completing the circuit with the live already attached. don't forget also ya radio code will need resetting.
Though others have been lucky using Advanced Battery Supplies, I wasn't. Our original Varta battery lasted about 6 years which isn't bad. When it came to changing it I googled 'Varta' but found no suppliers in Suffolk.
Opted for a Varta Silver E44 5-year guarantee one from http://www.advancedbatterysupplies.co.u ... ere44.html
Before you consider using the same company I would not recommend them at all. The supposed next day delivery for an order placed and paid for on a Wed (and 'confirmed' by an (automatic) email sent by the company on the same day) did not come until the following Tuesday, and would never have come if I hadn't twice chased them. As a result I was unable to collect a trailer I had booked for the Monday from Indespension. They seemed unconcerned, didn't apologise and no compensation was received. I would suggest you avoid Advanced Battery Supplies and disregard their glossy website.
Also I was informed by another supplier that there is no difference between the Varta Silver E44 with 4 year guarantee and that with the 5 year guarantee. I was told that the supplier has to pay a higher price to Varta, presumably for the insurance policy. In the case of Advanced Battery Supplies their guarantee is pretty well worthless, because you have to post it back to them and it is then at their discretion - in the meantime you have no car!
Avoid Advanced Battery Supplies.
My grouse with them was that despite sending a confirmation and accepting my money they didn't process the order. The delivery section knew nothing about it. Wed for Mon from a firm advertising a next day carrier service is not unreasonable when your battery shorts across two cells. When I called on the Friday morning they said no problem it will come during the day, they didn't check that it had been sent! When I called again in the afternoon they didn't know anything about my order and there was no offer to get one to me for Mon am. I am slating them for their indifference and incompetence and warning others to avoid them if they don't wan't hassle.
Maybe I'm unlucky but the company's attitude tells me you are probably wiser to buy locally than to use them.
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