Do you read Consumer Reports before you go shopping?
My neighbor does, and he's so confident that they're right that he once gave me a brand new vacuum cleaner in order to make room in his house for the one Consumer Reports said was "best."
Maybe it was his influence that caused us to take their advice about 3 years ago when my truck needed a new battery. We bought the WalMart 60 month variety.
That was fine until we got into the 2nd year. By the time we got to 16 months I had borrowed the battery out of something else until I could get to WalMart to return it. I'll have to say, they did give me a new battery to replace it. But they also made me hang around town for 2 hours while they did tests to prove that it really was no good. (Why would I want to return it if it worked??)
Anyway, my truck has been "starting hard" for the last few months. My son installed a new starter for me a month or so ago and that helped, but still, it didn't just go "vroom" when I turned the key. On Thursday I jumped in to head for town and ... nothing.
Since the boys were heading out early, early Friday morning, I borrowed my husband's truck for the week-end and left the problem for when they got back. Yesterday he tested it, and that battery is dead as a doornail. It won't even take a charge. Gee - another 60-month WalMart battery, dead at 18 months.
This time I didn't bother going back. I went to Napa Auto Parts, right here in town, and bought a new battery. At least if this one goes bad I won't have to drive to Sandpoint to return it.
And now, my truck goes "vroom" when I turn the key!
I'm still reading Consumer Reports - but taking it with a grain of salt. And I do enjoy the bloopers they print inside the back cover.