I had a win today win a new battery..........................

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 13:36
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Went hunting locally for a new battery. Can't go to the mechanic's place 'cos I am persona non grata there. So went to the Servo. They had none but said that the Stockagent across the street might have them. So I went there. Lo and behold there was a new Century Overlander in the store waiting for an owner.

Now, in view of the price hike in batteries of late, and Richard K posting that he paid only $202 because he was goodlooking, I asked the price with some trepidation. $115 was the reply. Now I know that would be an old price and we live in a small town where everybody knows every one else more or less so I asked the lady to check again. She then came back and said $125. So I said I would go get my money(no eftpos here) and that she better make sure that was the right price.

When I came back the lady was very apologetic and said that the real price(and she had checked with her supplier) was $150 but seeing as she had stuffed me around with the price I could have it for $140.

The Century Overlander I bought in 2004 was $150!!! so I handed me money over eagerly. Have ordered another one for next payday.


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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:24

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:24
Last year I bought a new one in Miles at the S@S agent for $85, old stock. They are around $150 down the road.
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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:26

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:26
Howz about a 'profile' Footy..
Could be interesting reading ??

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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:26

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:26
BTW I've been thinking of putting your name on a Lotto ticket...sure to win bigtime. Maybe we could share the winnings ..But that would spoil your lifestyle :)) (mine too:)
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:32

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:32
Yes it could I suppose, but I'm not really an "I" person, so I'll get a round to it . :))
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:24

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:24
Just a thought...if the battery has been sitting in the store for a while, it may be that it's starting to turn 'stale' . I think the manufactured date is stamped somewhere on the battery case- could be worth checking.
Batterys sitting around go off quicker that batterys being used.
All very well that it's got a 2 or 3 year warranty !! That's not much help if your stuck in the scrub with a stuffed battery.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:48

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:48
The Stockagaent said that the batteries are changed over regularly

I checked with Century and the fella at the other end of the line said that the battery would have been sent out to the agent within the last 3 months. The colour code tab on the top of the battery denotes which quarter they are sent out. But you have to call them to find that out...lol

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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:44

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:44
stuff the battery Willem, give us the goss on why you are persona non grata with the mechanic ??? .... silverback :))
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 00:26

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 00:26
*stuff the battery Willem, give us the goss on why you are persona non grata with the mechanic ???*



Not another bloody book ! lmao
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 00:49

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 00:49
Warfer

try a Search of the forum "Willem" you will read all about it
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 02:45

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 02:45
David

Search for a post called Mechanics Dummy-spit or something like that

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 18:30

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 18:30
Strike Willem!

I typed 'Willem' and 'dummy' into the search function. Should have seen the number of posts that came up!

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 17:25

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 17:25
Matt M, Try it with Des Lexi Lucy and Dummy and you'll overload your brand new quad core processor hahahahah
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Reply By: Stephen M (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:29

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 14:29
But Willem, if you didnt say any thing it would have been $115 and just handed over the cash and ran. Would have saved yourself another $15 LOL. Still good price I paid $175 for the hilux battery (starting) 760cca 3 years ago. Good battery should have taken it out of hilux before I sold it but not that sort of bloke. Wouldnt like it done to me. Bloody prado only got a bleep y 430 in it. Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 15:19

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 15:19
Stephen,
Just a small comment in reply to yours:

It appears that you were encouraging Willem to screw the firm he dealt with, but you wouldn't do it yourself with your Hilux battery.

I have never met Willem but, from reading his posts on here, he strikes me as a fair and honest guy with ethics.

Just my thoughts

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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 15:47

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 15:47
Yes, Willie is a fair and honest "bloke" (Willie ain't no "guy".... hahaha).

However, I must say that if I had found myself in that position, I wouldn't have prompted the salesperson to check the price. Maybe I'm not such a "fair and honest bloke", but I believe in free trade. You can do no better (IMHO) than ask what the price is (ONCE ONLY) and then either agree to pay that price or walk away. I NEVER haggle over a price.... I will ask what the price is and then take it or leave it.

I hate having it done to me, so I wouldn't do it to anybody else.

If a salesperson tells me a price that I think is VERY good, then I will accept it at face value and close the deal asap (before they decide to change their mind).

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Andrew from Vivid Adventures - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:46

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:46
Bloodie bank managers can change the interest rate whenever they like though!
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:08
Hi Disco, was just stiring Willem up thats all. If I want a good price I will ring around first get the best price go to that place hand over the cash and walk out no problems. If I dont like the price over the phone then I dont go there simple. In Willem's case he wasnt really in a place/town that there was a wide range of suppliers. If I thought that a price sounded cheap and was happy with it with out ringing around first I would have just payed and walked, by him double checking cost him more. Is this classed as screwing the owner ??? I would say no, had he paid $115 without asking to double check neither Willem himself or the owner would have realised that the price was wrong. As far as the hilux battery goes I still have the old battery out of it but I new it wasn't spinning the starter over as quick as it used to. So I wouldnt get cought out with a flat battery and knowing the battery was 5 years old I replaced it. I still have used the old battery since for different things and I keep it charged reguarly. I could have put it back in the hilux and kept the good one but I wouldnt have liked the bloke to get back half way to Bega pull up some where and he couldnt start it again. I got top dollar for the hilux so wasnt going to do that to some one. Has it been done to me before when buying a used vehicle bloody oath did it p iss me off when cought with a flat battery hours after driving off you betcha. As Roachie has stated " If a salesperson tells me a price that I think is VERY good, then I will accept it at face value and close the deal asap (before they decide to change their mind). Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 02:31

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 02:31
Fellas

I live in a small community and it is best to stay on good terms with most people....lol




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Follow Up By: Member - 'Lucy' - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 00:43

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 00:43
All except the mechanic, that is. (ROFLMAO x20 Willem)

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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 15:54

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 15:54
Good to hear Willem.

Found myself in a similar position a year or so ago.


The N70ZZ 2nd battery went flat 3rd day on the road into a trip.

Called in the local garage in a small town and they were $20.00 cheaper than i would have paid in Brisbane. They had 10 or more lined up on a shelf, because that is the main battery they sell for 4wds, trucks and tractors. Turn over I suppose, and some honest pricing/markup.

Good to hear you didn't have to go the local mechanic. o)
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:10

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:10
Thats what i mentioned yesterday Willem, There has been a 30% price hike in batteries in the past six months and old pricelists and memory banks are about 30% out.. Its a bit of a shock to get the real time price.. Its those bloody chinese driving the prices up on our own raw materials.. If thats incorrect, we'll blame them anyway!!!Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:39

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:39
It may be related to the huge price increase on lead flashing used in the building industry.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 09:36

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 09:36
I think that goes for most metals especially copper Ian. Michael
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Reply By: Nick R (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:59

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:59
Hey willem, you should have kept asking, you could have got her up to $202 if you tried
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 02:28

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 02:28
Smart ass!!!!

I will think up some retribution on my way south today....lol.
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Reply By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 22:39

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 22:39
Thought you and the local 'spanner' might be pals again by now !!!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 02:32

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 02:32
We passed in the man street the other day but he looked away. Guess he is still in a dark mood....lol



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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 23:01

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 23:01
Smart ass :-))

But good on ya

my question is what model Century Overlander is it?

N70ZZH
N70ZZLH
N70ZZX
N70ZZLX
N70ZZ
N70ZZL
N70ZZ4WD
N70ZZL4WD

tied to get warranty today asked if they had 12 or 18 month warrant on them (chick has to go ask the boss (me on Phone)) comes back 12 months, I ask can she fax that to me? she ask what, I say the piece of paper that says 12 month.

she goes ask boss comes back ah 18 months OK I will bring it down.

do a test with a gismo tell charge and re- check (I have to take battery and charge it just to show them it's stuffed. Boy it hard I can see how people with minimal knowledge get shafted by these people..


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Richard

and I not not pick the dearest one ever, it's all got to do with the prices of houses in China
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 02:26

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 02:26
N70ZZL4WD

L is for left hand side terminals on battery top. My cranking battery sits on the right


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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 18:04

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 18:04
I'm felling better now I got warranty for the battery

the extra cost must be freight to get it across here.. Lol

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Richard
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