Car Batteries : Ratings of Sources

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Car Batteries: Ratings of Sources

1. Car Batteries, Editors of, Not dated
Editors at put 64 car batteries through the wringer – by partially draining and recharging them, measuring reserve capacity and exposing them to harsh temperatures. Paid subscribers can access the full test results, with a handy table that rates each car battery's expected life, cold-cranking amps (CCA), reserve capacity, and overall score. Editors rank the batteries from best to worst, assigning ratings on a scale from poor to excellent.
2. Beware: The Best and Worst Replacement Car Batteries Can Be From the Same Brand, Jim Travers, April 26, 2013
In this free article, cautions buyers not to shop by brand. Jim Travers notes that it's not uncommon for a brands batteries to be top rated in some size groups, but finish toward the bottom in others.
3. Cars Direct The Best Car Battery Brand to Use for Lasting Performance, Andrew Kaufman, Nov. 6, 2013
Credibility: recommends seven car battery brands, but no specific models. Each brand gets a paragraph explaining its strengths and weaknesses.
4. Best Car Battery Brands on the Market, Editor, Oct. 7, 2013
Here's another car website that recommends its favorite car battery brands. Once again, there's no mention of testing, but each brand gets a paragraph discussing its strengths.
5. Batteries, Contributors to, As of November 2016
Credibility: is a retailer selling a multitude of automobile replacement parts as well as tools and supplies for routine maintenance ranging from headlights to motor oil and wiper blades. Consumers post reviews offering feedback on products, including car batteries. primarily sells AutoCraft batteries, several of which have accumulated hundreds of owner-written reviews, but there's also ample feedback on some other brands, such as Optima.
6. Car Batteries, Contributors to, As of November 2016
Credibility: sells mostly Optima and Odyssey batteries. Several models get high marks with lots of owner reviews posted, so if you're in the market for one of these brands, this is a good place to check. However, many popular brands -- DieHard, Interstate, EverStart and more -- aren't sold here.
7. Batteries, Contributors to, As of November 2016
Credibility: is a retailer that sells anything consumers need to maintain or repair all types of vehicles. Several car battery brands are sold here, and consumers leave reviews and ratings on specific models. While most car batteries have earned just a handful of reviews, several have accumulated more than a dozen owner-written reviews.
8. Car and Marine Batteries, Contributors to, As of November 2016
Walmart sells primarily EverStart car batteries. While it's the best resource for user feedback for this battery line, a search for "car batteries" now redirects users to, a tool that brings up only a single recommended battery for your vehicle's make, model, and year. While it's still possible to get to individual product pages and evaluate reviews, this new structure makes it difficult to browse a list of batteries and compare user feedback.
9. Car Batteries, Contributors to, As of November 2016
Credibility: sells DieHard car batteries, and is the best place to see user feedback for this brand. However, most sizes only have a handful of reviews.
10. Costco Car Battery Review, Contributors to, As of November 2016
Costco no longer sells its much-loved Kirkland car batteries, Consumer Pete reports; instead, it sells Interstate batteries. The warranty is still good (Costco will replace the battery if it fails within 42 months), but different from the old Kirkland warranty (replaced if failure within 36 months, with prorated refunds up to 100 months).
11. Kirkland Batteries Vs Interstate Vs?, Contributors to, As of November 2016
Automobile owners and enthusiasts discuss the best replacement options for Kirkland car batteries, previously sold at Costco, in this forum thread. A few members offer feedback on other brands that they have had good experiences with and offer other shopping advice such as considering the warranty length, price, and amps.