How to buy a car battery at Costco
Costco is a great place to shop for everyday items provided that you have a valid membership and are able to stick to a budget. Car batteries at Costco are a great value when comparing their prices, quality and hassle-free returns policy. Costco sells batteries for cars, trucks, recreational vehicles, boats and golf carts. The steps to guide you through this simple process are straight forward.
You need a membership
Costco’s memberships range from $50 to $100 a year. Once you have paid your dues you can shop there as often or as little as you want. One of the perks about trying out their membership is the flexibility of cancelling the membership at any time for a full refund with no questions asked. If you are planning to get a refund because the membership does not meet your needs, you have until the month prior to renewal to cancel it, so in fact, you have a free 11 month trial in which you can assess how often you frequent the warehouse and whether volume purchases meet your needs.
Know your needs
Brands are not nearly as important as the total cold cranking amps (CCA). Once you assess what features your vehicle(s) need, you are ready to shop for your battery and be in and out of the warehouse within minutes. The Kirkland brand is Costco’s brand and it is favorably rated by consumer watchdogs that report on best value and quality in relation to price and other brand comparisons. They also carry name brands and gel cells that are very popular for their ability to recharge fully and quickly when completely depleted. Gel batteries contain a gel core that does not need to be maintained, recharged periodically during the winter months or stored indoors during the winter months. These gel batteries are very well received by those with ATV’s, Trailers and golf carts. When in doubt, you can also ask the sales person in the department because they know their products quite well and are very helpful.
Pay the piper
Costco requires a fee of $9.50 if you don’t turn in a dead battery for a new one. The charge on your card will be the amount of the battery plus the $9.50 fee. If you turn in a battery, they will immediately give you back the amount in cash. The money will be refunded to you when you turn in another battery at a later time.
Take it home and install it.
Be aware that Costco does not install batteries. You purchase them at the warehouse and install them yourself. The process is very easy even if you have never done it before. Most batteries are held in place by a simple clamp and the connections are pretty straight forward. Watch the video on this page for detailed instructions.