This is kind of a lightweight topic, but has anyone noticed how much the prices of car batteries have jumped up in recent years? Three years ago, I purchased a topline battery with a 7 year warranty for just over $90 US. Now, I'm looking at having to replace this battery after 3 years, with pro-rating applied to the cost of the new battery. Low and behold, the new battery will be %150, so after pro-rating I'm paying almost as much for the replacement battery as I did for the original purchase. I'm thinking, "Well, before they apply the pro-rate credit, they jack up the price of the new battery so I still pay a bunch of money. And, if this new one fails after, say, 3 years, I have to come back to them again for the next purchase . . keep stringing me along." (Nationwise Auto Parts -- now defunct -- used to do that . . you NEVER got the stated length of service from their batteries, but they would pro-rate on the next one, keeping you coming back.
Well, I checked the Sears website, and the only battery they list for my car is . . $150! I called Sears to ask them why prices have increased so greatly in only a few years, but they said they didn't really know. They offered a few guesses but, yes, batteries do cost a lot more now than they used to. And, from what one Sears tech told me, the trend is to move consumers to yet more expensive batteries in the future . . . $210, $250, $280 . . I guess whatever the market will bear (and since a few companies make most of the car batteries, what choice do we have but to pay the prices to keep our cars running?) What a friggin racket!