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Advance Auto battery ordeal #4485411
08/11/17 06:51 AM
08/11/17 06:51 AM
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North Carolina
Urshurak776 Offline OP
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Hello everyone. I wanted to share what happened a couple of days ago. I had bought and installed a new Advance Auto GOLD battery in my wife's car on May 14, 2014. She just left a few days ago to visit her parents in Ocala, FL (We live in Charlotte, NC.) Passing through Jacksonville, FL, she stopped at her neurologists office for an appointment. When her and my son (13) came out the car wouldn't turn over. My other son (16) had stayed in the car to charge his phone with the ignition in the on position (car not running.) Low and behold, the car wouldn't turn over, just click click click. She called the auto club and they jumped the car. I told her to go straight to the nearest Advance because I felt the capacity of the battery was probably pretty low. We still had most of the pro rated warranty left. When she arrived, they would not honor the warranty, even though she had receipt in hand. They said we don't do pro rated batteries any longer. THey called the store in NC where I bought it and they wouldn't honor it either. I told her to get in the car and drive to her parents (2 hours.) I felt the battery was okay to do that. She just went to a drive through for dinner and didn't turn off the car. Meanwhile, I called the Advance Auto right next to her parents house and spoke to the manager. He said bring it over. He immediately tested then swapped the battery for her (Didn't even charge her anything on the pro rate.) Great guy. I was a bit upset my wife and kids were in that situation and the Advance in Jacksonville and here where we live wouldn't help her out. We paid for that warranty and even had the receipt. I'm just glad the Advance in Belleview, FL did the right thing. Sorry this was long, but I wanted you guys to see it. I know Advance no longer has the warranty over three years, but ours should of still stood no matter what Advance auto we were at.


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: Urshurak776] #4485419
08/11/17 07:03 AM
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That was nice of them even though you killed the battery using it in a non specified way?

I used my screwdriver as a chisel and now it doesn't work on screws can I get a new one.

Great they gave u a new one but they really shouldn't have....


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: Urshurak776] #4485421
08/11/17 07:05 AM
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San Antonio, TX
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That sucks. When I went into AAP looking for a battery recently I passed because they had sealed batteries. I wanted one that could be watered. I ended up with a Duralast Gold. Also, when my sisters battery case cracked on her 2015 duralast gold, AZ swapped it out no question. I expected some fight but I got a fresh battery in no time.


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: Urshurak776] #4485429
08/11/17 07:13 AM
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You went past 3 yrs. Most warranties end at the point. The last gold I bought came with a 42 month warranty, the longest I ran across. Many are just 2-3 years. So unless, you had a 42 month warranty, they shouldn't have given you a new battery at 39 months. It the hot summer weather down south, batteries get killed.


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: Brybo86] #4485432
08/11/17 07:15 AM
08/11/17 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted By: Brybo86
That was nice of them even though you killed the battery using it in a non specified way?


How? If a battery can't do that... it is clearly on it's way out.

If that were me, I'd be calling AAP corporate. No reason why they shouldn't have pro-rated the battery and charged a percentage of the battery cost.

This is why I buy Everstart. Never a question, always a new battery.


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: redhat] #4485433
08/11/17 07:16 AM
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Probably the biggest take away from the OPs post.

Originally Posted By: Urshurak776
We still had most of the pro rated warranty left


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: Urshurak776] #4485453
08/11/17 07:32 AM
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North Carolina
Urshurak776 Offline OP
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Yes, we purchased the battery with a five year warranty. Three year exchange, two year pro-rate. I know they don't offer it anymore. The capacity of the battery was clearly diminished, so that's what the pro rate is for after three years. I think the Advance in Belleview FL did the right thing.

Last edited by Urshurak776; 08/11/17 07:32 AM. Reason: typos

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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: redhat] #4485458
08/11/17 07:36 AM
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North Carolina
Urshurak776 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: redhat
Originally Posted By: Brybo86
That was nice of them even though you killed the battery using it in a non specified way?


How? If a battery can't do that... it is clearly on it's way out.

If that were me, I'd be calling AAP corporate. No reason why they shouldn't have pro-rated the battery and charged a percentage of the battery cost.

This is why I buy Everstart. Never a question, always a new battery.



Exactly.


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: redhat] #4485511
08/11/17 08:22 AM
08/11/17 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted By: redhat
Originally Posted By: Brybo86
That was nice of them even though you killed the battery using it in a non specified way?


How? If a battery can't do that... it is clearly on it's way out.

If that were me, I'd be calling AAP corporate. No reason why they shouldn't have pro-rated the battery and charged a percentage of the battery cost.

This is why I buy Everstart. Never a question, always a new battery.



Exactly. They did nothing to "kill the battery in a non-specified way." People sit on cars with the ignition switch in the on position to listen to the radio, etc.


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: Urshurak776] #4485532
08/11/17 08:41 AM
08/11/17 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted By: Urshurak776
Yes, we purchased the battery with a five year warranty. Three year exchange, two year pro-rate. I know they don't offer it anymore. The capacity of the battery was clearly diminished, so that's what the pro rate is for after three years. I think the Advance in Belleview FL did the right thing.


I agree. If it was sold with the pro-rate at that time, then they needed to honor it under the terms of sale at the time it was sold. Glad they took care of you.


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: Urshurak776] #4485560
08/11/17 09:09 AM
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All these part stores are only as good as the person at the counter in these issues.

When it comes to warranties autozone keeps a nationwide database for many years, advance does not. So when they ask for your info for the warranty you might want to give it to them.

Last summer I warrantied an autozone alternator with a lifetime warranty 11 YEARS after I bought it.

Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: 69GTX] #4485600
08/11/17 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted By: 69GTX
You went past 3 yrs. Most warranties end at the point.


Don't they still do "pro-rated" warranties?
Duralast Gold USED TO BE 3 year FREE exchange, 5 more year pro-rated after that for a total of 8.


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: JamesBond] #4485601
08/11/17 09:46 AM
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Waco, TX
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Originally Posted By: JamesBond

Last summer I warrantied an autozone alternator with a lifetime warranty 11 YEARS after I bought it.


Hahaha, a couple years ago I did an AZ warranty on a set of "carbon metallic" brake pads for my Ford Ranger... that I bought in 2001! The store manager said "That must be some kind of record" grin


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: Urshurak776] #4485605
08/11/17 09:49 AM
08/11/17 09:49 AM
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Sounds to me like there are 2 AAP locations that are not adhering to their own policies.


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Re: Advance Auto battery ordeal [Re: Brybo86] #4485616
08/11/17 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted By: Brybo86
That was nice of them even though you killed the battery using it in a non specified way?

I used my screwdriver as a chisel and now it doesn't work on screws can I get a new one.

Great they gave u a new one but they really shouldn't have....


That's a foolish statement. I believe NAPA stores do a better job when you have a battery failure under warranty.


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