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    • WLM21
    • By WLM21 11th Sep 17, 9:59 AM
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    Would YOU buy a car battery on Ebay
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    • 11th Sep 17, 9:59 AM
    Would YOU buy a car battery on Ebay 11th Sep 17 at 9:59 AM
    I need a new battery for a campervan and have had a couple of suggestions which are on Ebay.

    I'm just puzzled .. would folk here buy a battery online

    Surely the postage is going to be pretty high, meaning this 'free post' is just added to the price.

    I have an 1989 1.6 turbo diesel VW van

    thank you for any advice provided
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    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 11th Sep 17, 10:01 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 10:01 AM
    Yes. I have done many times, probably in excess of 20.
    • wgl2014
    • By wgl2014 11th Sep 17, 10:04 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 10:04 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 10:04 AM
    If the price online including postage is better than you can get locally then where's the issue?
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 11th Sep 17, 10:07 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 10:07 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 10:07 AM
    As above and if you're buying from a recognised seller than I don't see what issue would be, certainly no different from buying from any other online seller.
    • WLM21
    • By WLM21 11th Sep 17, 12:28 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 12:28 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 12:28 PM
    OP here

    OK .. thank you for the answers
    • loskie
    • By loskie 11th Sep 17, 1:16 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 1:16 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 1:16 PM
    I bought the last two batteries online: 1 for my old volvo @ half the price of Halfords for the same Yuasa Battery and £40 for one for my old Subaru, a no name brand. Both have arrived well packed and ready to go. No problems with either and a big saving.
    Maybe for high spec stop start vehicles they may not be suitable but for mine they have been grand
    • debtdebt
    • By debtdebt 11th Sep 17, 1:36 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 1:36 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 1:36 PM
    Depends how much you value a warranty. If you're buying a decent Bosch one with 4/5 year warranty, I'd go to a bricks and mortar seller in case there were any problems down the line.
    • PollySouthend
    • By PollySouthend 11th Sep 17, 2:10 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:10 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:10 PM
    Yes, it was £23 delivered fully charged and took a few mins to install. Less than half than the local places charged.
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 11th Sep 17, 5:34 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 5:34 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 5:34 PM
    Yes, it was £23 delivered fully charged and took a few mins to install. Less than half than the local places charged.
    Originally posted by PollySouthend
    For the same battery or a different brand?
    You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 11th Sep 17, 5:41 PM
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    How do they ship an acid filled battery?
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • w06
    • By w06 11th Sep 17, 5:51 PM
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    carefully, with a courier and all the labels about it's acid filled nature.

    I bought the 120Ah leisure batteries for my camper on Ebay, no problems so far, arrived fully charged in perfect condition and the seller answered my query about their vents wihtin minutes.
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 11th Sep 17, 7:38 PM
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    Check out eurocarparts on ebay OP - I bought a Bosch battery from them three years ago, delivered next day, at considerably less than anywhere else. http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/eurocarparts
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 11th Sep 17, 8:16 PM
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    How do they ship an acid filled battery?
    Originally posted by Ganga
    In a vacuum bag, with any and all breather holes blocked up. As long as it doesn't end up upside down for several hours it'll be fine, but its a good idea to let it stand for a few hours before use just in case.
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    • no1catman
    • By no1catman 11th Sep 17, 9:31 PM
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    No - too much potential for the item to be fake, and/or made in China.
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    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 11th Sep 17, 9:44 PM
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    No - too much potential for the item to be fake, and/or made in China.
    Originally posted by no1catman
    Not with a car battery, they don't exactly sell like iPhones do they?
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    • takman
    • By takman 11th Sep 17, 9:57 PM
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    Most of the car batteries I have ever bought come from eBay. It is much cheaper than any local shop (including postage) and i can also get the exact battery I want.
    • decbel
    • By decbel 11th Sep 17, 11:15 PM
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    Bought a couple on ebay.

    Never had a problem

    Just watch the measurements for the battery tray.
    • caprikid1
    • By caprikid1 12th Sep 17, 9:13 AM
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    Bought lots on ebay , regarding how do they ship batteries ? Probably same way to you that they get them to the distributors !.


    I always use the saving to trade up to a quality Bosch item, normally arrive next day, old one too the dump.
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 12th Sep 17, 9:22 AM
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    I buy them from CarParts4Less.
    • Andy L
    • By Andy L 12th Sep 17, 10:20 AM
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    How do they ship an acid filled battery?
    Originally posted by Ganga
    When I've bought motorbike batteries the acid is packed separately in a sealed plastic multi-tube thing wrapped up in absorbent material & you fill the battery yourself
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