Regular readers will know that I’ve had 12v battery problems. I finally buckled and took the car to the dealer to be checked over. I didn’t want to just change the battery in case there was a more serious problem. The battery failed the tests they did.
Unfortunately (or fortunately as it turned out) they didn’t have a replacement battery in stock. The like-for-like replacement would have cost £144 and would only have a 1 or 2 year warranty. So I went online and ended up on the Halfords website which asks you for your car’s registration number and postcode and then lists the suitable batteries available in local stores. It’s a brilliant service and allows you to buy online with confidence. I found a higher spec battery than the one offered by Hyundai (54Ah vs 45Ah) with a 5 year warranty for £89. I fitted it in about 10 minutes – Halfords would have done this for £18 – and I hope not to look back.
Watch this space.